(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)
Maged Abdelfattah Abdelaziz, the new Permanent Observer for the League of Arab States at the United Nations, presented his letter of appointment to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.
A national of Egypt, Mr. Abdelaziz was the United Nations Special Adviser on Africa, having previously been his country’s Permanent Representative to the Organization from 2005 to 2012.
Between 1999 and 2005, he was the Diplomatic Adviser to the President of Egypt, and Official Spokesman of the Presidency. From 1997 to 1999, he was Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, having previously served as Political Counsellor in the New York Mission from 1995 to 1997.
Among other posts, Mr. Abdelaziz was Director of the Specialized Agencies Department in the Multilateral Sector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 1993 and 1995, and Political Counsellor at the Embassy in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR, Russian Federation from 1991) from 1989 to 1993. He headed the International Organizations Division of the Foreign Ministry’s Legal and Treaties Department from 1987 to 1989. Between 1983 and 1987, he served as Second and then First Secretary at Egypt’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. He joined the diplomatic service in 1979 as a member of the Foreign Ministry’s International Organizations Division, serving there until 1983.
Mr. Abdelaziz graduate from Ain Shams University School of Law in Cairo in 1973.
Born on 11 September 1954, he is married and has one daughter.
* This supersedes Press Release BIO/3635 of 26 January 2005.