Change of Permanent Representative to the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

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Ms Joanne Adamson has been appointed Permanent Representative to the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

She will succeed Mr John Duncan OBE, and will take up her duties in August 2011. She will hold the personal rank of Ambassador.

Ms Adamson joined the FCO in 1989. Her home and overseas postings have focused mainly on Security Policy and Middle East policy. In addition, she spent three years working on secondment with the United Nations in the Middle East, Kosovo and New York.

On her appointment as Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the UN Conference on Disarmament, Ms Adamson said:

“I am delighted to be taking up this position. It is an exciting and challenging time to be working on multilateral arms control and disarmament, and I look forward to representing UK interests in this important area.”

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Joanne Adamson

In a Civil Partnership with: Elizabeth Eastwood


Deputy Permanent Representative, UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva


FCO, Deputy Head, Counter Proliferation Department


First Secretary (Middle East) British Embassy, Washington


Special Unpaid Leave, United Nations


FCO, Review Officer, Resources Directorate


FCO, Desk Officer, Gulf Section, Middle East Department


Committee Support Officer, UK Mission to the UN, New York


Third later Second Secretary (Political/Aid), British Consulate General, Jerusalem


Full Time Arabic Language Training


FCO, Assistant Desk Officer (Nuclear Issues)