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Harald Braun (diplomat)

Harald Braun (born 1952) is a senior German diplomat who served as the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York from 2014 to 2017. On June 13, 2016, Ambassador Braun was elected Vice President of the 71st UN General Assembly 2016/2017. Prior to his nomination, Ambassador Braun was State Secretary of the German Foreign Ministry from 2011 to 2014.

After graduating from Goldberg-Gymnasium in Sindelfingen in 1971, Harald Braun served for two years in the German army, followed by an apprenticeship at IBM Germany. He then completed two M.A. degrees in economics and history in Tübingen and New York and added a doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook before entering the Foreign Service in 1981.

His diplomatic postings include Beirut, London, Bujumbura, Washington and Paris. Harald Braun also served as Chief of Staff to former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher (1992–94) and Deputy Foreign and Security Adviser to the Federal Chancellor (2003–05).

From 2005 to 2008, he spent three years in the private sector as Corporate Senior Vice President for Group Policy and External Affairs at Siemens AG in Munich.

Since March 2008, Harald Braun has also been an Honorary Professor for Global Studies and Diplomacy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Ambassador Braun was awarded an Honorary Citizenship of Washington D.C. in 2002. He is Grand Officier of the National Order of the French Légion d'honneur, bearer of the Grand Cross of the Italian Order of Merit and further international distinctions, as well as a member of the Knights of the Order of St. John.

He has been married to Dr. Ute Braun since 1980; they have three children and two grandchildren.

Thorvald Stoltenberg

horvald Stoltenberg (8 July 1931 – 13 July 2018) was a Norwegian politician. His ancestors stemmed from Tønsberg. He served as Minister of Defence (1979–81) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1987–1989 and 1990–1993) in two Labour governments.

From 1989 to 1990 served as Norwegian Ambassador to the UN. In 1990 he became the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, but served only one year before rejoining the Norwegian government.[1] In 1992, Stoltenberg, together with nine Baltic Ministers of Foreign Affairs and an EU commissioner, founded the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the EuroFaculty.[2] In 1993 appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the former Yugoslavia and UN Co-Chairman of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on the former Yugoslavia. Thorvald Stoltenberg was also the UN witness at the signing of Erdut Agreement.

In 2003 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). Between 1999 and 2008 he was President of the Norwegian Red Cross, the only president to serve three terms. He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission, and holds a seat on their Executive Committee.[citation needed]

At the local level, Stoltenberg was elected to the Oslo City Council in 2015.

Stoltenberg was born in Oslo

Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg,_Grand_Duke_of_Luxembourg

Jean (given names: Jean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d'Aviano; 5 January 1921 – 23 April 2019) reigned as Grand Duke of Luxembourg from 1964 until his abdication in 2000. He was the first Grand Duke of Luxembourg of French agnatic descent.

Jean was the eldest son of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix. Jean's primary education was initially in Luxembourg, before attending Ampleforth College in England. In 1938, he was officially named Hereditary Grand Duke as heir to the throne of Luxembourg. While Luxembourg was occupied by Germans during the Second World War, the grand ducal family was abroad in exile. Jean studied at the Université Laval in Quebec City. Jean later volunteered to join the British army's Irish Guards in 1942, and after graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, received his commission in 1943. He participated in the Normandy landings and the Battle for Caen, and joined the Allied forces in the liberation of Luxembourg. From 1984 until 2000, he was colonel of the Irish Guards.

On 9 April 1953, Jean married Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium with whom he had five children. On 12 November 1964, Grand Duchess Charlotte abdicated and Jean succeeded her as Grand Duke of Luxembourg. He then reigned for 36 years before he himself abdicated on 7 October 2000 and was succeeded by his son, Grand Duke Henri.


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