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The Permanent Representative Mariangela Zappia

 

The Permanent Representative Mariangela Zappia

 

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Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York – A career diplomat with over thirty years of experience, she comes to New York after serving as Diplomatic Advisor and G7-G20 Sherpa to the Prime Minister of Italy (2016-2018) – She has been the first woman in her country to hold this position, as well as the first woman Ambassador of Italy to NATO and the UN.

 

MOST RELEVANT EXPERIENCES

Permanent Representative of Italy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels (2014-2016).

Head of the European Union Delegation to the UN and other International Organization in Geneva (2011-2014)

Ministry Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva (2007-2011).
Special assignment as coordinator of major events under the Italian Presidency of the G8 in 2009, including on violence against women and women peace and security.

Head of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Balkans Department for Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome (2007).

From 2003 to 2006 she dedicated herself full time to her family.

First Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN in New York (2000-2003).

First Counsellor, at the Italian Embassy in Brussels. Detached, on a special assignment, to the NATO media task-force during the conflict in Kosovo (1997-2000).

Counsellor, in charge of the relations with Italian press and media at the Press and Information Service and Office of the Spokesperson of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Rome (1994-1997).

She had previously held different positions at the Consulate General in New York (1990-1993) and the Italian Embassy in Dakar (1986-1990). She joined the Foreign Service in 1983 when she was appointed to the Legal Service and later on to the Maghreb and Middle East Department of the Directorate General for Political Affairs.

 

EDUCATION

She holds a Master degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Florence and a Post-graduate degree in Diplomatic and International Relations from the same University. She has followed periodic high level training courses on diplomatic practice and management at the Diplomatic Academy of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.

 

PUBLICATIONS

She has published on the Reform of the Security Council and on the Contribution of Italy to UN peace-keeping operations.

She is a regular speaker at international conferences on Italian Foreign policy, multilateral and global issues.

 

She speaks fluent English and French, and has a good knowledge of Spanish.

In 2002, she was awarded the decoration of Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

She’s the proud mother of Claire, 25 and Christian, 21.

 
 
 

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