(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)
The new Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations, Olof Skoog, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Skoog worked with the European Union from 2013 to 2015 as Ambassador to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Starting in 2011, he was the first Permanent Chair of the Union’s Political and Security Committee. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Sweden’s Permanent Representative to the Union, sitting on the Political and Security Committee in his national capacity.
Attaining the post of Director-General for Political Affairs in his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004, Mr. Skoog began his diplomatic career at Sweden’s embassy to Cuba in 1989. As a member of his country’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), from 1992 to 1994, he was Chairman of that organization’s Financial Committee of Experts.
After serving as Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Skoog worked with the United Nations Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission in 2000 and 2001, becoming Political Adviser to that Commission’s head in 2003.
Receiving his Master of Laws from Lund University, Sweden, in 1988, Mr. Skoog studied on a Raoul Wallenberg Institute for International Law scholarship for advanced studies at the European Commission of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
Born in 1962 in Lund, he is married and has three children.