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H.E. Mrs. Bénédicte Frankinet, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations

Ambassador Frankinet became the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations in 2013. Before her appointment Ms. Frankinet was Ambassador to Israel since 2008, after she previously served as Director for the United Nations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels from 2003. From 1999 to 2003 Ms. Frankinet was Ambassador to Zimbabwe, accredited also to Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia. Between 1994 and 1999 she served as Counsellor, then Deputy Head of Mission, at her country’s Embassy in Paris. In 1992 Ms. Frankinet was an adviser in the private office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and from 1988 to 1992 she was First Secretary at Belgium’s Permanent Representation to the European Communities in Brussels. She served a previous stint, between 1983 and 1988, at the New York Permanent Mission as First Secretary, and was an attaché in Brasilia from 1979 to 1983. Ms. Frankinet holds degrees in political science, social science, and journalism from the Free University of Brussels.

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