15 November 2006

New Permanent Representative of Costa Rica Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 15 November (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations (Vienna), Ana Teresa Dengo Benavides, presented her credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General, United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Dengo Benavides was serving as International Cooperation Officer/Training Coordinator and External Relations Officer, Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom) in Vienna, Austria (since 1998).

Ms. Dengo Benavides has served in many capacities in the course of her career, including as: Consultant for the Trust of the Americas, Organization of American States, Washington D.C., United States (1997- 98), Advisor to the Permanent Representative, Mission of Costa Rica to the Organization of American States, Washington D.C. (1997), and Negotiator and Advisor to the Chairman of the Group of 77 and China at the United Nations, New York (1996-97). 

Ms. Dengo Benavides studied at the Central American Private University, Costa Rica, and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, United States, where she obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration with emphasis in Public Policy and Management.

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