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Presentation of Credentials
The Protocol and Liaison Service coordinates and facilitates the ceremony involving the Presentation of Credentials of new Permanent Representatives and the Letter of Appointments of Permanent Observers to the Secretary-General. The credentials process takes place when a new Permanent Representative is appointed to the United Nations by their government. The Permanent Mission, at its earliest opportunity, must submit the details of the Permanent Representative's arrival date, means of transport and port of entry into the United States to the U.S. Mission. This is required for the obtainment of necessary customs and immigration clearances. At his/her earliest opportunity, the new Permanent Representative should submit their curriculum vitae and a copy of their letter of credentials to the Chief of Protocol.

The curriculum vitae and letter of credentials will be delivered to the Permanent Representative’s assigned Protocol Officer for review in order to ensure that they correspond to the accepted standard. The letter of credentials should indicate that he/she is the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and all subsidiary organs of the UN.

Provided below are resources relevant to Permanent Missions and Observer Offices.

Presentation of Credentials:

Credentials Presented to the Secretary-General in 2020

Credentials Presented to the Secretary-General in 2019

Credentials Presented to the Secretary-General in 2018

Credentials Presented to the Secretary-General in 2017

Credentials Presented to the Secretary-General in 2016

Useful links
Press releases from the Department of Public Information

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