Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations

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Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations
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Incumbent
Gillian Bird

since 28 June 2014
Style Her Excellency
Nominator Prime Minister of Australia
Appointer Governor General of Australia
Inaugural holder Paul Hasluck
Formation 1946
Website Permanent Representative

The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations is an officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the head of the Permanent Mission of the Commonwealth of Australia to the United Nations in New York. The position has the rank and status of an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and is the lead Australian representative to the UN, although that role is also shared with representatives present at the United Nations Office in Geneva, the United Nations Office in Vienna and the United Nations Office at Nairobi, and the delegations to UNESCO and the FAO. Australia is a charter member of the United Nations and has sent representatives to New York since 1946.

The Permanent Representative, currently Gillian Bird, is charged with representing Australia during plenary meetings of the General Assembly and, when Australia holds a non-permanent seat or by invitation, the Security Council, except in the rare situation in which a more senior officer (such as the Minister for Foreign Affairs or the Prime Minister of Australia) is present. The post is appointed by the Governor General of Australia in the name of the monarch, and nominated by the Prime Minister.

Office holders[edit]

Name Start of term End of term References
Norman Makin (Head of Delegation) 1945 1946
Paul Hasluck 1946 1947
John Hood 1947 1950
Keith Shann (acting) 1950 1951
William Forsyth 1951 1956
Edward Ronald Walker 1956 1959
James Plimsoll 1959 1963
David Hay 1964 1965 [1]
Patrick Shaw 1965 1970
Laurence McIntyre 1970 1975
Ralph Harry 1975 1978
Harold David Anderson 1978 1982
Richard Woolcott 1982 1988
Michael Costello (acting) 1988 1989
Peter Wilenski 1989 1992
Richard Butler 1992 1996
Penelope Wensley 1997 2001 [2]
John Dauth 2001 2006 [3]
Caroline Millar (acting) 2006 2006
Robert Hill 2006 2009
Gary Quinlan 2009 2015 [4]
Gillian Bird 2015 present [5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farquharson, John (2009-05-22). "David Hay, 1916-2009". smh.com.a. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York". Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York". Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations". Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations". Retrieved 20 March 2015. 

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