Press Releases

    UNIS/BIO/788
    19 July 2006

    New Permanent Representative of Australia Presents Credentials

    VIENNA, 19 July (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations (Vienna), Peter Shannon, presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General, United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

    Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Shannon was serving as Assistant Secretary at the Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra (2002-2005).

    Mr. Shannon has served in many capacities in the course of his career, including as: Assistant Secretary at the Americas Branch of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra (1999-2002), Minister and Department Delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to UNESCO in Paris (1996-1999), High Commissioner to the Republic of Vanuatu (1992-1996), Counselor at the Australian Embassy in Belgrade (1986-1989), as well as Director at the Multilateral Law Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra (1984-1986).

    Mr. Shannon studied at the University of Sydney and obtained Bachelors degrees in Arts and Laws. He is married and has one child.

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