Announcement

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

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

2009-present

Deputy Permanent Representative, UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva

2007-2009

FCO, Deputy Head, Counter Proliferation Department

2002-2007

First Secretary (Middle East) British Embassy, Washington

1999-2002

Special Unpaid Leave, United Nations

1997-1999

FCO, Review Officer, Resources Directorate

1996-1997

FCO, Desk Officer, Gulf Section, Middle East Department

1995-1995

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

1992-1995

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

1990-1992

Full Time Arabic Language Training

1989-1990

FCO, Assistant Desk Officer (Nuclear Issues)

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