|Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York|
SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS MUHAMMAD SHAABAN OF EGYPT UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL
FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Muhammad Shaaban of Egypt as Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. Mr. Shaaban currently serves as National Coordinator for Reform Initiatives in the Middle East, and he has been Personal Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Egypt since 2004.
Mr. Shaaban is a seasoned diplomat who is no stranger to the United Nations and multilateral diplomacy. He served as Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs (2001-2004). In that capacity, he was National Coordinator for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the Mediterranean Forum and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He also served as Assistant Minister for Information, Research and Assessment (2000-2001) and National Coordinator for Information, Research and Assessment (2000-2001).
He served as Egypt’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark and Lithuania (1998-2000) and Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of Egypt’s Permanent Mission to the European Union in Brussels (1993-1997). Between 1997 and 1998, he was Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs, in charge of coordinating and managing the country’s relations with African States and the different regional organizations in Africa. He was chief negotiator for Egypt in the negotiations on Egypt’s accession to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Between 1984 and 1988, Mr. Shaaban was Egypt’s representative to the Second Committee, the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and various intergovernmental bodies and committees. He was the Coordinator of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China when Egypt held the presidency (1985-1986). He was the Spokesman of the African Group during the thirteenth Special Session on the Critical Economic Situation in Africa.
Since 2004, Mr. Shaaban has served as National Coordinator for Reform Initiatives in the Middle East, managing relations with different foreign partners and coordinating with Egyptian governmental departments, political parties, civil society and think tanks. In this capacity, he also provides advice to the Foreign Minister on various issues, including on the restructuring of the Foreign Ministry. He is also the diplomatic adviser to the Egyptian Parliament Speaker. In March 2005, he was the Coordinator-General of the First Session of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, which was attended by some 600 Euro-Mediterranean parliamentarians.
Mr. Shaaban was born on 13 June 1942. He holds a PhD in political science and a Master of Arts in international relations from Brussels University. He is fluent in English and French and has fair knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish. He is married with three children.
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