H.E. Maged A. Abdelaziz

Permanent Observer of
The League of Arab States to the
United Nations

In September 2017, Mr. Maged Abdelfattah Abdelaziz was appointed as the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations in New York.

Prior to his appointment, he was the United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Africa from 2012 to 2017, having previously been serving as Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations in New York from 2005 to 2012.  In that capacity, he was the African member of the Bureau of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which laid the foundation for the UN 2030 Agenda and the African Agenda 2063, he also co-chaired in 2008 the Review Conference on Financing for Development and, in 2009, he was the Rapporteur, representing Africa, of the Conference on the Economic and Financial Crisis and Its impact on Development.

Having served as Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (2011-12) and Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly (2008-2009), Mr. Abdelaziz enjoys an intimate knowledge of the UN intergovernmental processes and multilateral diplomacy. As Chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement from 2009 to 2012, he played a leading role in coordinating developing countries position in the UN along with the G77 and China.

Between 1999 and 2005, he was the Diplomatic Adviser to the President of Egypt, and Official Spokesman of the Presidency. From 1997 to 1999, he was Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, having previously served as Political Counsellor in the New York Mission from 1995 to 1997.

Among other posts, Mr. Abdelaziz was Director of the Specialized Agencies Department in the Multilateral Sector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 1993 and 1995, and Political Counsellor at the Embassy in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR, Russian Federation from 1991) from 1989 to 1993. He headed the International Organizations Division of the Foreign Ministry’s Legal and Treaties Department from 1987 to 1989. Between 1983 and 1987, he served as Second and then First Secretary at Egypt’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.  He joined the diplomatic service in 1979 as a member of the Foreign Ministry’s International Organizations Division, serving there until 1983.

Mr. Abdelaziz graduated from the Ain Shams University School of Law in 1973. He is married and father of one daughter.