27 August 2001


VIENNA, 27 August (UN Information Service) – The new Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations (Vienna), Claudio Mareno, presented his credentials on Monday to Pino Arlacchi, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Moreno was President of the Inter-ministerial Commission for Human Rights of Italy and coordinator for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for all issues concerning human rights. He was nominated Head of the Delegation of Foreign Affairs for the Italian Presidency of the Council of Europe and for the European Conference against Racism. Additionally, Mr. Moreno held the following posts: Head of the Italian Delegation to the 55th, 56th and 57th Sessions of the Commission of Human Rights of the United Nations in Geneva and to the 3rd Commission of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Mr. Moreno served as Ambassador first to Tunisia, accredited also by the Arab League and PLO, and then to Argentina.

Mr. Moreno began his diplomatic career in 1961. He served as Vice Consul in Paris between 1964 and 1967, and as First Secretary in Caracas between 1967 and 1971. From 1971 until 1976 he was Head of 9th Desk of General Direction of Migration. In this capacity he coordinated the activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the field of the fight against drug abuse. After serving as Ambassador first to Mozambique and then to Senegal, Mr. Moreno spent two years as Executive Director of the Special Department for Emergency Interventions in Developing Countries at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Moreno holds a degree in Jurisprudence from University of Rome and a MA degree from Johns Hopkins University, at the Bologna Center in Italy.

He is married, with two children.

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