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    UNIS/BIO/963
    14 November 2011

    New Permanent Permanent Observer
    for the International Organization for Migration
    Presents Credentials

    (Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

    VIENNA, 14 November (UN Information Service) - The new Permanent Observer for the International Organization for Migration to the United Nations (Vienna), Renate Held, presented her credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov.

    During her career with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) she served in various capacities, among them: Regional Representative, IOM Mission with Regional Functions for the Andean States in Lima, Peru (2010 until present); Inspector General responsible for oversight, project rapid assessment, audit, evaluation and investigation at IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (2000-2010); Regional Representative, Mission with Regional Functions for the European Union (EU) Member States and the Baltic States with additional responsibility for fundraising and liaison with the European Union in Brussels, Belgium (1998-1999) and various functions of ascending responsibility in the IOM Bonn field mission in Germany and participation in IOM operations in Turkey, Northern Iraq, Tanzania, Mozambique and Bosnia & Herzegovina (1987-1998).

    Ms. Held holds a Master's degree in Social Science and Psychology from the University of Bonn. She speaks German, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

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