11/09/2002
Press Release
BIO/3450
GA/SHC/3686



Biographical Note


CHRISTIAN WENAWESER OF LIECHTENSTEIN CHAIRMAN OF THIRD COMMITTEE


      The Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein, Christian Wenaweser, was elected Chairman of the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) on 17 July this year.


Mr. Wenaweser has been Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative since January 1998.  Prior to that, he served as Desk Officer in the Office of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein from 1992 with responsibility for the United Nations (Human Rights, Disarmament and International Law); and as First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, based in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.


Before that, he attended diplomatic training at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berne, Switzerland (1991-1992).  He also undertook a special training course for Swiss and Liechtenstein diplomats at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as Spanish language studies in Barcelona, Spain, during the same period.  Between 1989 and 1990, Mr. Wenaweser went on a scholarship of the Swiss National Foundation, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich, Germany, studying filmmaking, French literature and philosophy.  Earlier, he was a teaching assistant in Greek literature at Zurich University, and studied Italian in Rome, Italy.  Also, in 1987 he was a licentiate at Zurich University in Greek literature, linguistics, Latin literature and philosophy.


He was a member of Liechtenstein’s delegation to, among others, the International Conference on Financing for Development (Monterrey, 2002) and the Conference on the establishment of an International Criminal Court (Rome, 1998).


Born on 16 November 1963 in Zurich, Switzerland, he speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian, besides his mother tongue German.


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