15 April 2003

James Callahan, Director, Division for Treaty Affairs and Support to Drug Control Organs, Office on Drugs And Crime

VIENNA, 15 April (UN Information Service) -- A U.S. national, James Callahan was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as Director, Division for Treaty Affairs and Support to Drug Control Organs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He took up his assignment on 1 February 2002.

Prior to joining UNODC, Mr. Callahan was a career member of the United States Foreign Service. In that capacity, he served most recently at the United States Embassy in Beijing, after a two-year tour at the US Department of State as Director, Office of Asian, African and European Programmes in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.

He also previously served at the US embassies in London, United Kingdom, Dublin, Ireland, and Lima, Peru; at US consulates in Toronto, Canada, and Maracaibo, Venezuela; and did several tours in Washington D.C.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Callahan was a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Korea where he taught English as a second language.

Mr. Callahan was also an American Political Science Association Fellow in 1988-89 and in 1998-99 he was a member of the Department of State's Forty-first Senior Seminar. He is the recipient of two Superior Honor Awards and several Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State, as well as of the William R. Rivkin Award from the American Foreign Service Association.

He holds a B.A. in history and a Master of Sciences in Education from Florida State University. His principal language is English, but he also speaks Chinese and Spanish.

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