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The Protocol and Liaison Service within the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) serves the protocol needs of the Secretariat, including those of the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly. It also interfaces with the Permanent Missions and Observer Offices to the United Nations as well as with the liaison offices of the specialised agencies and related organizations stationed in New York. The Service applies an orderly, uniform set of rules and governing codes of behaviour in diplomatic forums, meetings and ceremonies involving missions/observers and their representatives. To learn more, see our About page.




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Credentials Presented to the Secretary-General in 2020



On 16 November 2020, the UN diplomatic community achieved a milestone record of 52 simultaneously active women holding the post of Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. This is a long step from 8 August 1958, when H.E. Mrs. Agda V. Rössel of Sweden became the first female Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. It took sixteen years before H.E. Mrs. Marie-Jo McIntyre of Grenada became the second woman to represent her country at the United Nations. 'Even though we have not reached gender parity at PR-level yet, we have come a long way', remarked the President of the General Assembly on 16 October 2020.

H.E. Mrs. Agda V. Rössel, Permanent Representative of Sweden, with Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General, 13 January 1961

(Photo credit: UN Photo Library)



Circle of Women Ambassadors, 8 October 2019

(Photo credit: Inter Press Service News Agency)






Blue Book No. 309 (English) Blue Book No. 309

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Delegates Handbook English thumbsize
75th session of the General Assembly Delegates Handbook

(English version, 2019)






(modified: October 2020)


NOTES VERBALES


NV-Electronic Submission - Following the NV on Remote Operations (below), the Protocol and Liaison Service kindly requests Missions and Offices to refer to our guidelines for the electronic submission of documents. Kindly see the NV regarding additional details.

NV-Remote Operations - Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Protocol and Liaison Service will be changing its operational practices for the immediate future. Kindly see the NV regarding additional details.

NV-PLS Fax - The Protocol and Liaison Service will be discontinuing its fax line effective 1 March 2020. Kindly see the NV regarding additional details

PRO/NV/Emergency Contact Information - Request for emergency contact information from Permanent and Observer Missions and Liaison Offices (updated Feb 2020)

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