10 July 2003


VIENNA, 10 July (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso, Béatrice Damiba, presented her credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to her current assignment, from September 1994, Ms. Damiba served as Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Italy, an ambassadorship whose area of responsibility also included Greece, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Malta. Concurrently, she served as Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP).

During her ambassadorship, Ms. Damiba undertook various bilateral cooperation activities in the economic, commercial, cultural, social and decentralization spheres. This involved organizing various annual events from 1995 to 1998, including “Burkina Faso” two- and three-day events in Rome, Civitanova, and Athens focusing on culture, tourism, trade, economics and handicrafts; and a conference in Frosinone in 1996 on decentralized cooperation between Italy and Burkino Faso. In addition, she has organized numerous Burkina Faso governmental missions to Italy, and promoted both joint and import-export ventures. 

At the multilateral level, she has participated in various FAO summits and conferences, often as head or deputy head of her country’s delegations. This includes the FAO World Food Summits (1998, 2002) in Rome; four annual FAO Conference sessions (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001); the Committee on World Food Security sessions (1995 - 2002); as well as FAO Council meetings, and technical and ministerial sessions (on forests, fishing, and small landlocked developing countries).

        Born on 31 December 1951 at Koupéla, Burkina Faso, Ms. Damiba received a BA and a Masters degree, both in journalism,  from the University of Strasbourg in France.

She is married, and has two children.

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