Dalius Čekuolis

Dalius Čekuolis
President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 January 2007
Preceded by Ali Hachani
Lithuanian Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Incumbent
Assumed office
2 March 2006
Personal details
Born 29 March 1959
Vilnius
Nationality Lithuanian
Spouse(s) Jūratė Čekuolienė
Children One daughter
Alma mater Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Dalius Čekuolis (born 29 March 1959) is a Lithuanian politician who is currently (as of 2007) serving a one-year term as the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a primary organ of the United Nations. He has been Lithuania's Permanent Representative to the UN since 2006, and was previously an ambassador of Lithuania to several European countries.

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Education

Dailus Čekuolis graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1982.[1]

Diplomatic career

In 1990, Čekuolis became spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania as Head of the Press and Information Department;[1] that year, he described the Russification of his country during Soviet times as something Lithuanians "feel negatively about".[2]

In 1992, he became Lithuania's ambassador to the Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, a position he held until 1994. From 1994 until 1998 he was ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, and representative to the Western European Union and NATO's North Atlantic Cooperation Council.[1]

From 1998 to 1999, Čekuolis was Head of the Committee of Senior Officials of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), and from 1999 until 2004, he was Lithuania's ambassador to Portugal. In 2004, he was appointed to the position of Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, where he was responsible for security policy.[1] In May 2005, he visited the People's Republic of China for five days, meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing.[3]

UN career

Čekuolis became Lithuania's Permanent Representative to the United Nations on 2 March 2006. On 23 March 2006, he was elected as a vice-president of ECOSOC, to fulfill the term of Gedeminas Šerkšnys.[4] On 17 January 2007, he was elected to the one-year Presidency of ECOSOC,[1] succeeding Tunisian Ali Hachani.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "HIs Excellency Dailus Čekuolis" (PDF). UN.org. United Nations. http://www.un.org/docs/ecosoc/president/2007/Bio.President.of.ECOSOC.2007.pdf. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  2. ^ Shogren, Elizabeth (1990-08-11). "SOVIET UNION / THE UNLIKELY EMIGRES Russians, Ukrainians Eager to Migrate to Lithuania Before It Is Independent". Los Angeles Times. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/60095519.html?dids=60095519:60095519&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Aug+11%2C+1990&author=ELIZABETH+SHOGREN&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=SOVIET+UNION+%2F+THE+UNLIKELY+EMIGRES+Russians%2C+Ukrainians+Eager+to+Migrate+to+Lithuania+Before+It+Is+Independent. Retrieved 2007-12-23. ""During the 50 years of Soviet rule in Lithuania, Russians moving into Lithuania were part of the Russification of our country, and we feel negatively about it," commented Dalius Cekuolis, spokesman for the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry." 
  3. ^ "Senior Lithuanian FM official visits China.". Xinhua News Agency (COMTEX) (HighBeam Research). 2005-05-26. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-132767726.html. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  4. ^ "UN Human Rights Commission Abolished by ECOSOC Council". UN.org (United Nations and Peoples Organization). 2006-03-23. http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2006/ecosoc6192.doc.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 

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