6 March 2001


VIENNA, 6 March (UN Information Service) – The new Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations (Vienna), Carlos Neves Ferreira, presented his credentials on Tuesady to Pino Arlacchi, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Ferreira served as Ambassador of Portugal in Harare. Between 1996 and 1998 he was President of the Portuguese Institute for Development Cooperation, and before that he was appointed Deputy Director General for Bilateral Affairs and Director of the Office for Economic Affairs. Mr. Ferreira was Minister Counsellor at the Portuguese Embassy in Maputo from 1990 until 1994, and Consul General in Milan between 1987 and 1990. Mr. Ferreira served as Consul General in Beira from 1985 until 1987. Before that he spent four years as Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to UNESCO.

Mr. Ferreira began his diplomatic career in 1974 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Portugal. He started as personal assistant to the Secretary of State and later to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1980 he was appointed Directeur de cabinet of the Secretary of State for Cultural Affairs, and a year later became Directeur de cabinet of the Minister for Social Affairs. Mr. Ferreira has served as Representative of the Portuguese Government on the Permanent Joint Committee of Cahora-Bassa since 1996.

Mr. Herreira holds a degree in Economics from Lisbon University.

He is married.

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