24 July 2001



VIENNA, 24 July (UN Information Service) – The new Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations (Vienna), Thomas Stelzer, presented his credentials on Tuesday to Pino Arlacchi, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Stelzer was Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Provisional Technical Secretariat of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. Between 1994 and 1997 he was Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York.

Mr. Stelzer began his diplomatic career at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He served as Minister Counselor, Delegate to First Committee at the Austrian Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1990 until 1994.

Mr. Stelzer earned his M.L. and J.D. degrees at University of Vienna, Faculty of Law. He holds a Diploma in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Bologna Center in Italy. He also has a M.A. degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University.

He speaks German (mother tongue), English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

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