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Biography of Maxime ZOLLNER DE MEDEIROS

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Born on 04/10/1934 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :

Maxime Zollner de Medeiros was born in Porto-Novo, the capital of Bénin on 4 October 1934. He has had a brilliant career as a diplomat and a civil servant.

Educated in Benin, he came to France in 1953 and passing through various colleges qualified at the Institute des Hauts Etudes Internationales in 1960 in International Relations, Diplomacy and International Organisation.

Career First Ambassador for Benin, Diplomate, Civil Adminastrator and Retired Ambassador. He organised the first diplomatic service for the newly independant country, he was a member of the first diplomatic mission to the United Nations, first consellor for Benin in Haiti, Brazil, Canada, the United States and the United Nations, becoming permanent representative.

His list of roles, positions and achievements with the UN is enormous. Secretary General from 1963-64 for the UAM (African and North African Union).

Secretary General at Geneva for the ISVS and where he received personalities from around the world including George Bush.

Vice President for Human Rights Commission at the UN, also VP of the UN Social and Economic council, Industrial Development. High Commissioner for the commission of refugees.

l' Africa Yearbook and Who's Who in Africa - The International Who's Who - The International Yearbook and Statesmen's Who's Who - The International Who's Who in Community Service (3rd Edition) - Men of Achievement (Volume 8) - Who's Who in the United Nations (2nd Edition) - The International Who's Who of Intellectuals (Volume 2) - 2000 Outstanding People of the 21st Century (First Edition) - Who's Who in the World (4th Edition) " inclusion in which is limited to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their own fields of endeavour and who have, thereby, contributed significantly to the betterment of contemporary society" ("pour lequel l'inclusion est limitée aux personnes qui ont fait preuve de réalisation remarquable dans leurs propres domaines d'activités et qui ont, ce faisant, contribué de manière significative à l'amélioration de la socété contemporaine") Le Gouvernement du Bénin l'a décrit comme suit : "L'Ambassadeur Maxime ZOLLNER de MEDEIROS est une personnalité de haute stature nationale et d'une très grande probité, qui possède une compétence reconnue sur le plan international, et qui est, depuis l'indépendance du Bénin, un éminent acteur de la diplomatie béninoise dès ses origines." (Communiqué de presse du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères du Bénin du 31 Août 2000)

Last update : 08/04/2011

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