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Permanent Representative


Ib Petersen has served as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations since 1 August 2013.

Before taking up his new position, Ambassador Petersen served as State Secretary for Development Policy of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2009. Prior to this, he was State Secretary for Development Cooperation, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United Nations (2007-2009).

Ib Petersen has held a number of senior management positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Under Secretary for Bilateral Development Cooperation (2004-2007), Head of Department, Policy and Planning (2001-2004) and Deputy Head of Department, Development Policy and Planning (1998-2001). From 1995 to 1998 he served as Deputy Head of the Danish Embassy in Zimbabwe and from 1988 to 1991 as Advisor to the Nordic Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank in Washington D.C.

Ib Petersen served as President of the Executive Board of UN Women from January 2015 to January 2016, and as Vice President of the Executive Board of UNICEF from January 2014 to January 2015. He has also served on the boards of Danish International Investment Funds: The Industrialization Funds for Developing Countries and The Investment Fund for Central and Eastern Europe, and The Investment Fund for Emerging Markets.

Ib Petersen holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Aarhus. He is married to Annie Bakke Jensen and has two sons.