Press Releases

    12 September 2002


    VIENNA, 12 September (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Mali to the United Nations (Vienna), Sinaly Coulibaly, was accredited on Thursday to the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

    Based in Geneva, Mr. Coulibaly is also his country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Ambassador to Switzerland.

    Prior to his current appointment, he was Secretary-General at Mali’s Foreign Ministry. From 1996 to 2000, he was Chief Inspector of Diplomatic and Consulate Services and in 1994, National Director for Political, Legal and Consulate Affairs at the Foreign Ministry. Between 1992 and 1993, Mr. Coulibaly was Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and between 1989 and 1992, Ambassador to Algeria with accreditation to Tunisia, Mauritania and Cyprus.

    From 1986 to 1989, he held the post of Secretary-General at the Foreign Ministry. From 1983 to 1986, he was Head of the Legal Division, Legal Counselor and interim Secretary-General at the Ministry. Other postings abroad include First Counselor at Mali’s Embassy in France (1980-1982), People’s Republic of China (1978-1979) and Belgium (1977-1978).

    Mr. Coulibaly joined Mali’s Foreign Ministry in 1974 as Deputy Head for Legal Matters in the Directorate for Legal Affairs and became Head of the Section for Agreement and Legal Matters in the Legal Division.

    During his career, Mr. Coulibaly attended a number of UN and other conferences as member and head of delegation.

    Mr. Coulibaly studied at the Faculty of Law at the University of Leipzig, Germany, at the Institute for International Relations in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the Diplomatic Institute of Cairo, Egypt and the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle in Paris, France.

    He is married, with five children.

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