New Permanent Representative of New Zealand Presents Credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
Anna Louise (Lucy) Duncan, the new Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented her credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Prior to her appointment to Geneva, Ms. Duncan had been serving as New Zealand’s Ambassador to Colombia, also accredited to Ecuador, since January 2018.
She was Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of New Zealand in Mexico, also accredited to Cuba and Central American countries, from May to October 2017. She was Ambassador of New Zealand to Argentina, also accredited to Uruguay and Paraguay, from 2006 to 2009.
From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Duncan was New Zealand’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, and from 1993 to 1997, she was Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva.
Ms. Duncan has held various posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington, including as Deputy Secretary for multilateral and legal affairs from May 2015 to December 2016; and Group Manager for strategy and governance from July 2012 to April 2015, during which she was also the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Spanish-speaking countries during New Zealand’s campaign for the United Nations Security Council, and Acting Deputy Secretary for Australia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Ms. Duncan has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Otago (1982) and was an Executive Fellow at the Australia/New Zealand School of Government in 2013.