(Based on information received from the Protocol and Liaison Service)
The new Permanent Representative of Estonia to the United Nations, Sven Jürgenson, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Jürgenson was his country’s ambassador to France and Monaco, from 2010, during which time he also served as Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He served as Foreign Policy Adviser to the President from 2006 to 2010, and from 2003 to 2006, as Under-Secretary for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Jürgenson was his country’s ambassador to the United States, Canada and Mexico, a position he assumed after a two-year tenure as Estonia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He was Director-General of the Political Department of the Ministry from 1996 to 1998, during which time he also served as non-resident ambassador to Turkey.
Between 1996 and 1998, Mr. Jürgenson was Director of the Division for Security Policy and International Organizations, Deputy Political Director of the Ministry and Minister-Counsellor, Chargé d’affaires, a.i., at the Embassy of Estonia in Vienna. From 1993 to 1995 he was Counsellor, Chargé d’affaires, a.i., to Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia.
From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Jürgenson served as Counsellor, Chargé d’affaires, a.i., at his country’s Embassy in Helsinki and Counsellor at the Office for Estonian Culture there. A senior information processing specialist at the Estonian Institute between 1990 and 1991, he previously served as junior researcher and Chair of Information Processing at Tallinn Polytechnic Institute from 1987 to 1990.
Mr. Jürgenson holds a master’s degree from Tallinn Polytechnic Institute in data processing and pursued further studies in that field at Ingenieurhochschule Dresden, in Germany. He conducted other post-graduate work in 1992 at the Institut International d’Administration Publique, in Paris.
Born on 2 April 1962 in Tartu, Estonia, Mr. Jürgenson is married and has three children.