10 March 2004

New Permanent Representative of Belgium Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 10 March (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations at Vienna (UNOV), Philippe Nieuwenhuys, presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General, UNOV.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Nieuwenhuys was the Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.

He has also served as: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna (1995-99); Counsellor at the Permanent Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels (1991-95); Deputy Chief of Cabinet to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1988-91); First Secretary and Counsellor in Geneva (1984-88) and Secretary at the Embassy in Warsaw (1981-84) and Washington (1977-81).  Mr. Nieuwenhuys joined the Foreign Service in 1973 and has also held several other posts.

Mr. Nieuwenhuys has a Ph.D. in Law and a degree in Political Science.

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