Amb. Francis Deng, Deputy Rapporteur and Spokesperson

Francis Mading Deng

Ambassador Francis M. Deng has recently been assigned the position of South Sudan’s Roving Ambassador after having been the country’s first Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Prior to that, he served for five years as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide at the level of Under-Secretary-General. From 1992 to 2004, he served as Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons.  His first position in the United Nations was that of Human Rights Officer in the Secretariat from 1967 to 1972 when he was appointed Sudan’s Ambassador to the Nordic Countries. He was also Sudan’s Ambassador to Canada and to the United States of America and was also Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for five years.

After leaving his Government’s service, he held a series of positions in leading think tanks and universities in the United States. Among others, Amb. Deng was at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, The Brookings Institute, and the United States Institute of Peace, where he was twice a distinguished fellow.

Amb. Deng graduated with a Ll.B (honors) from Khartoum University to which he was appointed a member of the Law Faculty and then sent abroad for post-graduate studies.  He holds an LL.M and a JSD from Yale University Law School. Amb. Deng has authored and edited over thirty books and novels on a wide variety of subjects. He has written two books on the crisis of national identity in the Sudan, including Self-Determination and National Unity: A Challenge for Africa and Bound by Conflict: Dilemmas of the Two Sudans.