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Change of UK's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and World Trade Organisation in Geneva

Miss Karen Elizabeth Pierce CMG has been appointed the UK's Permanent Representative to the UN and World Trade Organisation in Geneva.

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She will succeed Mr Peter Olaf Gooderham CMG who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service apointment.

Miss Pierce will take up her appointment during Spring 2012.

Miss Pierce will hold the personal rank of Ambassador.

She joined the FCO in 1981 and has served in Tokyo and Washington and the UK Mission to the UN in New York. She has a wide range of bilateral and multilateral experience, particularly on conflict and related issues. While in New York she was also closely involved in the 2008 MDG Summit. In her current role as Director, Afghanistan and South Asia at the FCO she has focussed on stability, security and prosperity in Afghanistan and Pakistan in particular.

On her appointment as the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and World Trade Organisation in Geneva, Miss Pierce said:

“I am honoured and excited to have the opportunity to lead a mission whose work addresses some of the world’s biggest challenges - supporting humanitarian assistance, advancing disarmament, promoting human rights, improving global health and food security, and facilitating the growth in global trade. These issues are central to many of the British Government’s priorities. Success in creating an open, fair and sustainable system of global trade in particular is of vital importance to the UK and to so many of our international partners. “

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Karen Elizabeth Pierce

August 2009 - present

FCO, Director, South Asia and Afghanistan (UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan June 2010-June 2011

2006 - April 2009

UKMIS New York, Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador

2003 - 2006

FCO, Balkans Co-ordinator & UK Representative on Contact Group

2000 - 2001

FCO, Head of EU Department, Bilateral and concurrently after 9/11 FCO, Head of Afghanistan Political Military Unit

1999 - 2000

FCO, Head of Newsroom

1997 - 1999

FCO, Eastern Adriatic (Balkans) Department, later Deputy Head of Department

1996 - 1997

FCO, Team Leader for Ukrain, Belarus and Moldova

1992 - 1995

Washington, Private Secretary

1987 - 1991

FCO, Security Policy Department

1984 - 1987 Tokyo, Third Secretary, following Japanese language training

1981 Joined FCO

Published 5 August 2011