Welcome to the Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region
and the Democratic Republic of the Congo


Our Mission: The Special Envoy’s office develops and leads the implementation of U.S. policy on the cross-border security, political, economic and social issues arising in the Great Lakes region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.).

The Envoy will lead U.S. efforts to support the implementation of Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework Agreement, including the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to stop human suffering and violence in the region, by promoting political, economic and social reconciliation. In collaboration with the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, the African Union, and other multilateral and bilateral partners, the Special Envoy will work to strengthen international coordination mechanisms on the crisis in the Great Lakes, under the umbrella of the Framework Agreement.

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Briefing on the Status of the D.R.C. and Great Lakes Region

Date: 05/04/2014 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves before he and U.S. Special Advisor for the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Russell Feingold meet with D.R.C. President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa on May 4, 2014. - State Dept Image Special Envoy Feingold (May 4): "So this is a moment where the D.R.C., despite its many challenges, particularly in the eastern part of the country, can build on its successes. And the Secretary wants to congratulate them on this and discuss those aspects." Full Text»

Remarks With Secretary of State John Kerry and Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative Ben Affleck

Date: 02/26/2014 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Russ Feingold meet with Ben Affleck, Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, on February 26, 2014. - State Dept Image Special Envoy Feingold (Feb. 26): "Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Your willingness to be involved with this every step of the way has made a huge difference." Full Text»

Briefing on the Kampala Talks and the Situation in the Great Lakes Region

Special Envoy Feingold (Nov. 6): "So it’s one of the greatest crises in the world. There are really two different processes that are in place. One is the framework agreement, which is the agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa by 11 nations from the region. The other one, though, is what you’ve been hearing about in the last few days that has a significant relationship to this, and that’s the so-called Kampala talks." Full Text»

UN Briefing on the Great Lakes Region

Date: 07/25/2013 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, kicks off a discussion of Africa's Great Lakes region by the UN Security Council in New York City. - State Dept Image Secretary Kerry (July 25): "The crisis that we witness today underscores what we already know. ... It reminds all of us of an obligation that we all share – not only to end the killing, the raping, the forcing of children into combat, the devastation and the fear, but the obligation to establish a lasting peace ... and the birth of a new generation of stability and of hope." Full Text»

Remarks with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Date: 07/25/2013 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaks to reporters before their meeting at the UN headquarters in New York City. - State Dept Image Secretary Kerry (July 25): "In the Great Lakes region, there is an opportunity for peace. This is an area that has been beleaguered by targeted, egregious violence, and the framework that has been put in place is an opportunity to be able to make a difference." Full Text»

New Special Adviser for the Great Lakes Region and the D.R.C.

Date: 06/18/2013 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces the appointment of Russ Feingold as the new U.S. Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 18, 2013. - State Dept Image Secretary Kerry (June 18): "For the President and for me, this is a high-level priority and it needs to be met with high-level leadership. And that’s why today, I’m pleased to announce the appointment of my former colleague in the United States Senate, Russ Feingold, as the new United States Special Representative for the African Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo." Full Text»