1 NOVEMBER 2013
|WELCOME LANA NUSSEIBEH FIRST FEMALE UAE ENVOY TO U.N.
On behalf of all of us, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon enthusiastically welcomed the appointment of Ms. Lana Nusseibeh as she presented her
credentials as the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the opening of the new General Assembly Session.
The appointment is not just symbolic nor was the presentation a mere photo opportunity.
Lana Nusseibeh has earned her new assignment through brilliant intellectual work and dignified presentation of creative dynamic proposals. With
two Master Degrees from the University of Cambridge and University of London, Ms. Nusseibeh had worked as a consultant to UNESCO in Paris before
becoming an analyst at the Gulf Research Center. From 2006 to 2009, she served as Director of Research and Communications in the UAE Ministry of
State for Federal National Council Affairs. She then headed a Task Force on Renewable Energy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2010 she
launched the Policy Planning Department of that Ministry as its first Director.
Meanwhile, she worked on several international ventures, including participation in preparing groundwork for the G-20 industrialized nations
meetings, a Special Envoy for Afghanistan - Pakistan, and a member of UK - UAE ministerial task force and her Ministry's special committee on
Lana Nusseibeh, who will be representing a young, dynamic country, comes from an impressive family whose intellectual reputation goes back to
their gracious roots in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
Her appointment may be a reflection of the increasingly permanent role played by women in UAE. But it certainly is a welcome asset to a
retreating U.N. Arab diplomacy, and to the images of Arab women during these very trying times. While Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed
deserved due credit for that appointment, the Nusseibeh family has earned special meaning.