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    UNIS/BIO/1081
    13 March 2015

    New Permanent Observer of the Holy See presents credentials

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

    VIENNA, 13 March (UN Information Service) - The new Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations (Vienna), Janusz Stanislaw Urbanczyk, presented his credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov.

    Mr. Urbanczyk is also serving as Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.

    During his career, Mr. Urbanczyk has served in various capacities in the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See, which he joined in 1997, among them:

    First Counsellor of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York (2012-2015); First Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature in Slovenia (2010-2012); Second Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature in Kenya and Counsellor of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi (2007-2010); First Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in New Zealand (2004-2007); First Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Slovakia (2000-2004); Second Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Bolivia (1997-2000).

    Mr. Urbanczyk completed his ecclesiastical studies of philosophy (Ph.B.) and theology (S.T.B.) and the Major Diocesan Seminary and studied Diplomacy at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (Diplomatic Vatican Academy) during which time he obtained from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome the Licentiate degree in Canon Law (J.C.L.) and the Doctorate in Canon Law (J.C.D.) and was awarded the Diploma in Ecclesiastical Diplomacy of the Holy See.

    Mr. Urbanczyk speaks Polish, Italian, English and Spanish and knows Slovene and Slovakian.

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