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Ambassador Paul Kavanagh

Paul Kavanagh, Ambassador of Ireland


2017 - Present: Ambassador 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), Geneva. 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).

2004 - 2006: Ambassador, Representative of Ireland to the Political & Security Committee of the European Union, Brussels
2003 - 2004: Deputy Political Director, Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin.
2001 - 2002: 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