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Austrian Diplomat Tapped For Sr UN Economic Post

Austrian diplomat appointed to senior UN economic affairs post

8 February 2008 - An Austrian diplomat has been appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to a senior post in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), it was announced today.

Thomas Stelzer, 53, will replace Patrizio Civili as the new Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs.

Since 2001, Mr. Stelzer has been his country's Permanent Representative in Vienna to the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization.

During his career, he has held other international and diplomatic posts, including Minister-Counsellor at Austria's Permanent Mission to the UN in New York as well as President of UNIDO's Industrial Development Board.


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