MARTIN BELINGA-EBOUTOU OF CAMEROON, CHAIRMAN OF THIRD COMMITTEE
Martin Belinga-Eboutou, Permanent Representative of Cameroon, was elected Chairperson of the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) on 6 June.
Since 1998, Mr. Belinga-Eboutou has been the Permanent Representative of Cameroon to the United Nations. He was also the Permanent Representative of Cameroon to the International Seabed Authority. In addition, he served as the President of the Economic and Social Council in 2001, as well as the Vice-President of the General Assembly in 1998.
Mr. Belinga-Eboutou was also the Director and later, Chief of State Protocol in the Office of the President from 1989 to 1997. Between 1996 and 1997, he was the Director of the Civil Cabinet in the Office of the President and, from 1985 to 1989, headed the Economic Mission of Cameroon in Paris, Rome, Tunis and Rabat.
Between 1974 and 1985, Mr. Belinga-Eboutou was Chief of the Regional Organizations Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During that time, he participated in the General Assembly’s Second Committee (Economic and Financial) and in ministerial meetings and summits of the Movement of the Non-Aligned countries and the “Group of 77” developing countries.
Mr. Belinga-Eboutou began his career in 1968 as Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1970 to 1974, he was Chargé d’Affaires at Cameroon’s Embassy in the Congo and in 1974 he was Associate Professor at the International Relations Institute in Cameroon.
He holds degrees in Canon Law and economics from the Catholic University, Lavanium-Kinshasa, and postgraduate diplomas in international studies, public law and political science, as well as a Doctorate in Law from the University of Paris.
Born in Nkilzok, Cameroon, on 17 February 1940, Mr. Belinga-Eboutou is married and has three children.
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*This release supersedes Press Release BIO/3146 of 13 March 1998.