Thomas Stelzer

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His Excellency

Thomas Stelzer
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Austria Ambassador to Portugal
Assumed office
August 2013
President Heinz Fischer (2018-2016)
Alexander Van der Bellen (2017-present)
Preceded byBernhard Wrabetz
Austria Ambassador to Cape Verde
Assumed office
August 2013 (2013-08)
Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in Vienna
In office
24 July 2001 (2001-07-24) 1 July 2008 (2008-07-01)
Preceded byFerdinand Mayrhofer-Grünbühel
Succeeded byHelmut Böck
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs
In office
8 February 2008 (2008-02-08) 30 June 2013 (2013-06-30)
UN Secretary-General
Preceded byPatrizio Civili
Succeeded by Thomas Gass
Personal details
Spouse(s)Vanda Stelzer Sequeira
Children5
Alma mater Vienna University
Stanford University
Johns Hopkins University

Thomas Stelzer (born June 19, 1955) currently serves as the resident Ambassador of Austria in Portugal and non-resident Ambassador of Austria in Cape Verde. [1]

Portugal Republic in Southwestern Europe

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe. It is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.

Cape Verde Country comprising ten islands off the Northwest coast of Africa

Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. It forms part of the Macaronesia ecoregion, along with the Azores, Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Savage Isles. In ancient times these islands were referred to as "the Islands of the Blessed" or the "Fortunate Isles". Located 570 kilometres (350 mi) west of the Cape Verde Peninsula off the coast of Northwest Africa, the islands cover a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi).

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Education

He holds a doctorate in law from Vienna University, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and a diploma in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center.

Stanford University private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

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Johns Hopkins University university in Baltimore, Maryland, United States

The Johns Hopkins University is a private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1876, the university was named for its first benefactor, the American entrepreneur, abolitionist, and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. His $7 million bequest —of which half financed the establishment of Johns Hopkins Hospital—was the largest philanthropic gift in the history of the United States up to that time. Daniel Coit Gilman, who was inaugurated as the institution's first president on February 22, 1876, led the university to revolutionize higher education in the U.S. by integrating teaching and research. Adopting the concept of a graduate school from Germany's ancient Heidelberg University, Johns Hopkins University is considered the first research university in the United States. Over the course of several decades, the university has led all U.S. universities in annual research and development expenditures. In fiscal year 2016, Johns Hopkins spent nearly $2.5 billion on research.

Diplomatic career

Stelzer served in a variety of diplomatic and international positions in his early career. He was Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York, Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission, and Minister-Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in New York. He also serves as the Austrian Representative to the governing bodies of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Delegate to the Committee for Disarmament and International Security (First Committee) of the General Assembly. [2]

United Nations Development Programme global network for development of United Nations

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Stelzer has been serving since August 2001 as Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations (Vienna), [3] United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization Specialised agency of the United Nations

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International Atomic Energy Agency international organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons

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The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is an international organization that will be established upon the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, a Convention that outlaws nuclear test explosions. Its seat will be Vienna, Austria. The organization will be tasked with verifying the ban on nuclear tests and will operate therefore a worldwide monitoring system and may conduct on site inspections. The Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO, and its Provisional Technical Secretariat, were established in 1997 and are headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

From 2002 to 2007, he was Facilitator and Chair of the Vienna Terrorism Symposiums. In 2003, he was Chair of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission. Between 2005 and 2006, he served as President of the UNIDO Industrial Development Board. Most recently, he served as a Vice-Chair of the Second Conference of States Parties of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

From March 2008 to June 2013 he served as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. [1] He was appointed to this position by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in February 2008. [4]

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Family life

Stelzer is married to Portuguese fellow diplomat Vanda Stelzer Sequeira, with whom he has five children. [5]

Portuguese people people

Portuguese people are a Romance ethnic group indigenous to Portugal that share a common Portuguese culture and speak Portuguese. Their predominant religion is Christianity, mainly Roman Catholicism, though vast segments of the population, especially the younger generations, have no religious affiliation. Historically, the Portuguese people's heritage includes the pre-Celts and Celts - from whom the majority of the population descends.

Decorations and awards

Stelzer is a member of the Order of Merit of the Austrian Republic.

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