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Public Lecture: The European Union in the Pacific

Public Lecture: The European Union in the Pacific
Its role, its relationships, its contribution

H.E. Wiepke van der Goot, Ambassador of the European Commission to the Pacific
H.E. Aldo Dell’Ariccia, Ambassador of the European Commission to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

Date Monday, 10th March 2008

Time 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Venue Lecture Theatre 4, Law School, Old Government Buildings,
Victoria University of Wellington, Lambton Quay

To register your attendance, telephone the Delegation of the European Commission on 04 472 9145, or email delegation-new-zealand-secretary@ec.europa.eu.

Wiepke van der Goot joined the European Commission in 1981 and has previously served in Delegations in Somalia, Madagascar and Kenya. He was Ambassador to Malawi from 2001-2005 before returning to headquarters to manage the Water and Energy Facility Unit at the EuropeAid Cooperation Office. In November 2007 he was posted as Ambassador to the Pacific, a responsibility covering 11 Pacific Islands countries.

Wiepke van der Goot is a Dutch national and studied at Wageningen Agricultural University, graduating with a Masters Degree in Tropical Land Management. Before joining the European Commission , he worked on development projects for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, the World Bank and Development Alternatives Inc, a private US firm.

Aldo Dell’Ariccia joined the European Commission in 1988 and has served in Delegations in India, Costa Rica and Thailand. He opened the EC Delegation to Cambodia in Phnom Penh before being posted at the Commission headquarters in Brussels as the Deputy Head of the South East Asia Unit at the External Relations Directorate-General, dealing in particular with Indonesia and East Timor. Since 2006 he has been the Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Aldo Dell’Ariccia was born in Rome, Italy. After post-graduate studies in Social and Political Sciences and Economics at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, he lectured on epistemology at the university. In a varied career before joining the Commission, he also worked as a UN volunteer and consultant in Central America, as a journalist, and as a director of a health project in Colombia.


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