Press Releases

    UNIS/BIO/744
    7 April 2005

    New Permanent Representative of International Centre for Migration Policy Development Presents Credentials

    VIENNA, 7 April (UN Information Service) – The new Permanent Observer of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) to the United Nations (Vienna), Gottfried Zürcher, presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General, UNOV.

    ICMPD is an intergovernmental organization with an observer status in the United Nations General Assembly. 

    Mr. Zürcher has served in many capacities in the course of his career, including as: Acting Director-General, ICMPD (2004); Deputy Director-General, ICMPD (2002-04); Vice Director, Swiss Federal Office for Refugees (1991-2002); Senior Legal Advisor for the Swiss Federal Office for Refugees (1984-91); Head of Swiss Asylum section (1981-84) and Migration Policy Officer for the Swiss Federal Office for Refugees (1979-81).

    Mr. Zürcher graduated as an Attorney-in-law in 1981. He is married and has one child.

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