20 May 2005

New Permanent Representative of Ukraine Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 20 May (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Volodymyr Yel’Chenko, presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General, UNOV.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Yel’Chenko was serving as Chairman of the National Commission of Ukraine for the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Member of UNESCO Executive Board (May 2004 – April 2005) and as First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (May 2003- February 2005).

Mr. Yel’Chenko has served in many capacities in the course of his career for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, including as: Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (March – May 2003); Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (2001–03); Deputy Minister (2000–01); Deputy Director, then Director, Department of International Organizations (1993–97); First Secretary, Chief of Section, Department of International Organizations (1992–93).

Mr. Yel’Chenko’s has also served as President of the UN Security Council (March 2001); Representative of Ukraine to the UN Security Council (2000–01); Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN (1997–2000); International Civil Affairs Officer, United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), Sector West (Croatia) (1993); Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN, New York, United States of America (1986–92).

Mr. Yel’Chenko graduated from Kiev State University with a MA Diploma in international relations and international law. He is married and has one child.

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