NEW YORK - Ambassador Aviva Raz Shechter assumed on Monday her new position as the Permanent representative of Israel to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva.
Raz Shechter comes to the post after serving with the Israeli Foreign Ministry as Deputy Director-General for the Middle East and Peace Process Division between 2011 and 2016.
She joined the Israeli diplomatic service in 1988, while graduating from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Affairs.
From 1986 to 1990, she held the position of Research Assistant to Prof. Rafael Israeli at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace in Jerusalem.
Her posts abroad include Amman, Jordan and Washington D.C.
From 2005 to 2011, Ambassador Raz Shechter held the position of Director of the Department for Combating Antisemitism and for Holocaust Issues.
She is fluent in Hebrew, English, Arabic and French.
The Ambassador presented her credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva on Monday. She is the first Israeli woman to hold the position.
“It is an honor for me to represent Israel at the United Nations, here in Geneva,” she said. “The relationship between Israel and the UN is sometimes challenging, since some UN bodies and agencies have taken biased decisions.”
“Nonetheless, I am looking forward to engaging with my colleagues and to highlight Israel’s positive contribution to the world,” she added.