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Joanne Adamson

Ambassador, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York


Ambassador Joanne Adamson has been Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York since 1 September 2016. She was UK Ambassador to Mali from August 2014 until August 2016, and non-Resident Ambassador to Niger from September 2015 to August 2016. Ambassador Adamson joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989. She has served in Cairo, Jerusalem, at the UK Mission to the UN in New York, Washington, and at the UK Mission to the UN in Geneva. In addition to being the UK’s Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament from 2011-2013, she was the UK’s Chief Negotiator at the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty diplomatic conferences in 2012 and 2013. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge in 1989, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in May 2014. She speaks fluent Arabic and French, and some Hebrew and Spanish.


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