Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, was elected Chair of the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee) on 15 June 2015. (See Press Release GA/11654.)
Prior to his appointment in April 2014 as Permanent Representative in New York, he served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva since November 2008. Mr. Hilale previously served as Secretary-General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rabat from 2005 to 2008.
Mr. Hilale was Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, from 2001 to 2005, and Ambassador to Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand between 1996 and 2001. He also held several positions in the Foreign Ministry, including that of Minister Plenipotentiary and member of the Office of the Secretary of State, from 1993 to 1996.
From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Hilale headed the Ministry Section responsible for the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council and International Organizations. He was Deputy Ambassador in Monrovia, Liberia, from 1979 to 1980; First Secretary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between 1976 and 1979; and Second Secretary in Algiers, Algeria, from 1975 to 1976. He joined the Foreign Ministry in 1974.
Mr. Hilale received a degree in political science from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, in 1974.
Born in 1951 in Agadir, Morocco, he is married and has three children.
* This supersedes Press Release BIO/4579 of 23 April 2014.