Amara Essy

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Amara Essy

Amara Essy (born December 20, 1944 in Bouaké ) is a politician from the Ivory Coast and was President of the UN General Assembly in the 49th session.

From January 1977 to January 1978 Essy was chairman of the Group of 77 , an association and organization of developing countries based in Geneva , Switzerland .

In his diplomatic career he represented his country as a permanent representative at the UN from November 7, 1981 to November 1990. He was also responsible as an ambassador (based in New York ) and envoy for Argentina and Cuba .

In January 1990 he became Ivorian Foreign Minister and headed the United Nations Security Council for a month. In September 1994 the General Assembly of the United Nations elected Essy as its President for a year. Following his post as Foreign Minister, he became Minister for International Cooperation in 1998; he held this office until 2000.

In July 2001 he became the last Secretary General of the Organization for African Unity and, after the transformation of the same, in 2002 the first Secretary General of the African Union . He held this office until 2003.