Profiles of Presidents-designate
of the Conference
18 September 2009
HE Dr Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign Affairs, France
HE Dr Bernard Kouchner has been chosen as one of two Presidents-designate of the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which will take place on 24 and 25 September 2009 in New York. The conference will formally elect the President at its opening session.
Dr Kouchner assumed office as Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of France in May 2007. Prior to that he held several ministerial appointments, including Minister Delegate for Health from 2001 to 2002, Secretary of State for Health from 1997 to 1999, Minister for Health and Humanitarian Affairs from 1992 to 1993 and Secretary of State with responsibilities for Humanitarian Action from 1988 to 1992. From 1994 to 1997 Dr Kouchner was a delegate in the European Parliament.
Dr Kouchner was nominated by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the first UN Special Representative of the UN Mission in Kosovo in 1999, where he served until 2001.
Trained as a medical doctor, Dr Kouchner has long been a humanitarian activist and has been involved in a number of humanitarian missions following major natural and political crises since 1968. Among his many activities and initiatives, he is particularly well known as the founder and co-founder of the non-governmental humanitarian aid organizations Médecins Sans Frontiers, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, and Médecins du Monde.
18 September 2009
HE Mr Taib Fassi Fihri, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Morocco
HE Mr Taib Fassi Fihri has been chosen as one of the two Presidents-designate of the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The Conference will take place on 24 and 25 September 2009 in New York. The Presidents will be formally elected at the opening session.
Mr Fassi Fihri was nominated as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation on 15 October 2007. In the preceding five years, he was Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
His career he been dedicated to the foreign relations of Morocco. Mr Fassi Fihri served as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on several occasions between 1993 and 2002.
From 1989 to 1993, Mr Fassi Fihri was the Chief of Staff of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Prior to that he was in charge of Morocco’s relations with the European Community in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
His first appointment with the Government of Morocco was with the Ministry of Planning in 1984.
Mr Fassi Fihri has a master’s degree in Economics from the Sorbonne University Paris, France, and a doctorate in political economy from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France.