14 July 2004
New Permanent Representative of Nigeria Presents Credentials
VIENNA, 14 July (UN Information Service) -- The New Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Biodun Owoseni, presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General, UNOV.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Owoseni was serving as Deputy Head of Mission at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva since 2002. He also represented the Mission at the Conference of Disarmament in Geneva.
Before that he held several posts within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, including: the Deputy Director (later promoted Director), Head of Multilateral Economic Cooperation Division (MECD) between 1999 and 2002; the Deputy Director and Head of Overseas Communications Department (OCD) in the year 1999; and, Deputy Assistant Director-General, East, Central and Southern African Department (ESCAD), African Affairs Directorate (1995-98).
Mr. Owoseni has also served in various other capacities in the course of his career, including: Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Nigeria in Lome, Togo (1998-99), and Senior Counsellor in charge of first Committee/Disarmament at International Organisations Directorate, First United Nations Department from 1986 to 1988. Between 1988 and 1992, he also served at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York where he was in charge of the First Committee dealing with Disarmament and International Security issues. From 1983 to 1986, he was Senior Counsellor in charge of Political Duties at the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow (former USSR).
Mr. Owoseni holds a degree in English from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a Diploma in International Relations from the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos and a Certificate of the United Nations Fellowship Programme on Disarmament from New York.
He is married and has children.
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