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    UNIS/BIO/1028
    17 September 2013

    New Permanent Representative of Mozambique Presents Credentials

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

    VIENNA, 17 September (UN Information Service) - The new Permanent Representative of Mozambique, Pedro Comissário Afonso, presented his credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov.

    During his career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Comissário Afonso has served in various capacities, among them:

    Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the United Nations Office at Geneva, the International Atomic Energy Agency and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (2012- present); Ambassador to Sweden and to the Nordic Countries (2006-2012); Director, Legal and Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (2001-2006); Ambassador to Portugal (1996-2001); Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the United Nations (1989-1996); Director, International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1985-1989); Director, Africa and Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (1983-1985).

    Mr. Comissário Afonso has also held various positions, among them:

    Professor, International Law and Organization, Mozambique Institute of International Relations (2001-2006); Legal Adviser to the Mozambique Delegation to the Drafting and Amending of the Constitutive Act of the African Union (2001-2003); Principal Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (2001-2003); Assistant Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1982-1983); Lecturer in Law, Eduardo Mondlane University (1979-1981).

    Mr. Comissário Afonso holds a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo and a Master of International and Constitutional Laws Degree (LLM) from the Columbia University School of Law in New York. He also attended advanced post-graduate and research studies in International Law and International Relations at the Columbia University in New York.

    He speaks Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

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