Ambassador Cheick Sidi Diarra of Mali was appointed in 2007 to the position of Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs and Small Island Developing States (SIDs). He has over 25 years of professional experience in international relations, law and development. He has been an active advocate for the cause of Africa, the least developed countries and landlocked developing countries as his country uniquely represents two of these three groups of countries. Mr. Diarra obtained masters degrees in international public law and international relations from Dakar University in Senegal. Ambassador Diarra explains the 3F syndrome which uniquely affects these three groups of countries the hardest - the food, fuel and financial crises...In addition, SIDS are extremely vulnerable to sudden sea rise which also affects availability of potable water and can cause tremendous of land. Learn more about the work of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative on the website www.un.org/ohrlls
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