Guest of Honor
H.E.M. Abdou Abarry
Permanent Representative of Niger to the U.N.
Ambassador Abdou Abarry, new Permanent Representative of Niger to the United Nations, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonío Guterres on June 4, 2019.
Mr. Abarry was previously the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and head of office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2014. Before joining that regional bloc, he headed its Liaison Office to the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria, beginning in 2011.
A career diplomat, Mr. Abarry was Ambassador to Belgium from 2003 to 2011, accredited concurrently to Greece, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. He also had accreditation to the United Nations Offices in Geneva and Vienna, the European Union Commission and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.
Mr. Abarry was also Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Republic of Niger and Director General of State Protocol from 1999 to 2003. He served as a Counsellor at Niger’s Permanent Mission in New York from 1992 to 1997.
Holder of a master’s degree in International Relations from the Ecole Supérieure d’Administration et des Carrières Juridiques de Lomé, in Togo, he also earned a diploma from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon.
Mr. Abarry received honorific distinctions such as Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite du Niger (1999), Grand-Croix de la Couronne du Royaume de Belgique (2011), Commandeur de l’ordre National du Niger (2014), Officier de la Légion d’honneur Française (2014)