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New Permanent Observer of Holy See Presents Letter of Nomination to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Presentation of Credentials


Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, the new Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his letter of nomination to Tatiana Valovaya, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to his appointment in Geneva, Archbishop Nwachukwu had been serving as Holy See Vatican Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, the Caribbean Community CARICOM, and as Apostolic Delegate to the Antilles from 2017 to 2021. He was Holy See Vatican Ambassador to Nicaragua from 2012 to 2017. From 2007 to 2012, he was Chief of Protocol of the Secretariat of State, Vatican City.

Archbishop Nwachukwu was a Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Office at Geneva from 2002 to 2006. He has held other positions, and has a number of publications and articles.

Archbishop Nwachukwu was born on 10 May 1960 in Nigeria. He joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 July 1994. He was elected Archbishop and appointed as Ambassador on 12 November 2012, and was ordained Archbishop on 6 January 2013. He has attended numerous academic formations, including at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome (Doctorate in Canon Law) from 1992 to 1996.


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