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                                                                                                                                                                 5 March 2004

    Biographical Note

    Secretary-General Appoints Angela Kane of Germany as Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management

    NEW YORK, 4 March (UN Headquarters) -- The Secretary-General announced today the appointment of Angela Kane of Germany as Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management.

    Angela Kane’s most recent assignment has been as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), where she served since January 2003, based in Asmara.

    Previously, she held the position of Director of the Americas and Europe Division in the Department of Political Affairs, which she assumed in 1999. Responsibilities included assessing political developments in the 89 countries of the Western Hemisphere, giving support and political guidance to United Nations missions in the two regions and close consultation with Member States, regional organizations and other principals.

    From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Kane held a managerial post in the Department of Public Information where she was in charge of a large Division with responsibility for publications and the United Nations’ publishing policy. She oversaw global marketing and sales and information resources. She initiated the United Nations’ move into online publishing and was responsible for the development of the United Nations home page at, in all official languages.

    Ms. Kane’s previous United Nations experience included a four-year assignment in the office of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali as Principal Officer for political affairs. In 1990-91, she assisted the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central American Peace Process with the negotiations to end the conflict in El Salvador; and in the late 1980s, she was responsible for disarmament issues and the World Disarmament Campaign. She also served as election monitor in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Her initial political experience was gained in the cabinet of former Secretary-General Waldheim where she served as a junior officer.

    Her field experience includes postings in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Bangkok, Thailand, where she gained experience in development issues. She has been a United Nations staff member since 1977.

    Prior to joining the Organization, Ms. Kane, a national of Germany, worked for the World Bank in Washington and for private industry in Europe. She attended university in Munich, Germany, and holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Ms. Kane is married.

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