24 November 2009

New Permanent Representative of Israel Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 24 November (UN Information Service) - The new Permanent Representative of Israel, Aviv Shir-On, presented his credentials today to the Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Mazlan Othman.

Mr. Shir-On has served in many capacities in the course of his career, among them: Deputy Director-General for Media and Public Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (since 2006), Ambassador to Switzerland (2003-06), Minister for Congressional Affairs, Embassy in Washington D.C., United States (2000-03), Spokesman and Director, Press Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-2000), Representative of the Foreign Ministry, Committee for monitoring the understandings in South Lebanon (1996-97), Spokesman, Israeli Delegation to the talks on the implementation of the Interim-Agreement with the Palestinian Authority (1996-97), Diplomatic Advisor of Minister Yossi Beilin, Ministry of Economy and Planning as well as in the Prime Minster's office (1995-96), Head, Department of Information and Public Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1993-95), Counsellor, Spokesman and Head, Press and Information Section, Embassy in Bonn, Germany (1988-1993), Deputy Director, Press Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1986-87), Assistant to the General-Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1985-86) and First Secretary for Information and Public Affairs, Embassy in Bonn, Germany (1981-85).

Mr. Shir-On holds a Master's degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy and a Bachelor Degree in International Politics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Mr. Shir-On speaks Hebrew, English, French and German.

He is married and has three children.

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