Ambassador of Benin to Speak at FDU about “Benin and the Developments in West Africa”
Madison, N.J. (March 26, 2012)—Ambassador Jean-Francis Zinsou, the permanent representative of Benin to the United Nations, will discuss “Benin and the Developments in West Africa,” on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham as part of FDU’s United Nations Pathway Program.
The U.N. Pathways Ambassador Forum is a conversation between Ambassador Ahmad Kamal of the Ambassador’s Club at the U.N. and Zinsou.
Zinsou was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations in January 2010. Prior to his appointment, Zinsou was Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at his country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 2008-2009, during which time he also served as minister counselor in charge of Political and Legal Affairs, from May 2003.
Zinsou served as assistant to the minister for foreign affairs and cooperation from 2002 to 2003, and previously held the same post from 1988 to 1990. He was deputy director of the ministry’s Europe Department between 1997 and 2002. From 1990 to 1997, Zinsou was first counselor at Benin’s Embassy in Germany, covering also Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria and the United Nations office at Vienna. He was head of the foreign ministry’s division responsible for Germany and the Nordic countries from 1987 to 1988, and the division in charge of Universal Political Organizations and International Non-governmental Organizations between 1983 and 1985.
The opportunity to hear Zinsou is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are available at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Office of Global Learning sponsors the UN Pathways Events. For additional information, contact FDU’s office of Global Learning at (973) 443-8876. The program will be held in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall. Fairleigh Dickinson is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.