8 September 2009

New Permanent Representative of Hungary Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 8 September (UN Information Service) - The new Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations (Vienna), Károly Banai, presented his credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Antonio Maria Costa.

Mr. Banai is also serving as Permanent Representative to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), posts which he assumed this year.

Mr. Banai has served in many capacities in the course of his career, among them: Chief Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and State Secretary for Foreign and Security Policy, Prime Minister's Office (2007-09), Ambassador and Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union (EU), Permanent Representation to the EU, Brussels (2003-07), Deputy Chief of Mission, Permanent Representation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Brussels (2001-03), Head of Unit and Director-General, NATO and Western European Union (WEU) Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Budapest (1997-2001), Second Secretary, Hungarian Delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna (1993-97), Desk Officer, Department for Security Policy and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Budapest (1990-93) and Desk Officer, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest (1987-90)

Mr. Banai is married and has two children.

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* Re-issued with correction in para two.