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Ambassador Paul Kavanagh

Paul Kavanagh, Ambassador of Ireland

2017 -  

Ambassador designate to the United Arab Emirates (also accredited to Qatar, Kuwait

and Afghanistan)

2013 - 2017 Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (also accredited to Mongolia)
2009 - 2013 Ambassador to France (also accredited to the Principality of Monaco)
  Member of the Jury des Ambassadeurs at the Académie française
  Member of the Board of the Centre Culturel irlandais, Paris
2007 - 2009 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, New York

Appointed by the President of the UN General Assembly as Co-Chairman of the

Assembly's Reform of UN Assistance to developing countries worldwide

2006 - 2007

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations (UN),

to the World Trade Organization (WTO) & the Conference on Disarmament (CD),



Chairman of the New Agenda Coalition for nuclear disarmament in Geneva and at

the Vienna Preparatory Session for the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear 

Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)



Ambassador, Representative of Ireland to the Political & Security Committee of the European Union, Brussels

2003 - 2004 

Political Co-ordinator in the delegation of Ireland on the United Nations Security Council, New York

1998 - 2000

Deputy Co-ordinator of Ireland’s campaign for election to the United Nations Security Council, at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin

1996 - 1998:

Director of the United Nations Office in Tokyo

1992 - 1996

Senior Political Advisor, United Nations Operation in Cyprus

1991 - 1992

Special Assistant to Cyrus R .Vance, Personal Representative of the UN Secretary General for former Yugoslavia

1983 - 1992

Senior political officer in the Cabinet of the UN Secretary General, New York

dealing with international conflicts and disputes, including the Iran/ Iraq conflict

1982 - 1983  

Third Secretary (Economic), Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin

1979 - 1982 Third Secretary, Embassy of Ireland, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
1978 - 1979: Third Secretary (Economic & Political), Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin
1977 - 1978 Executive Officer, Department of Defence (Army HQ), Dublin

Born in 1956, Paul Kavanagh is married to Rosemary, née Cusack. They have two adult sons, David and Robert. He received a B.A. (Hons) in Modern History & French from University College Dublin in 1977. He has been honoured by the French Republic with the "dignité" of Grand officier de L'Ordre national du Mérite.