Veteran Pakistani diplomat Qazi Shaukat Fareed has been appointed as the new Permanent Observer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean to the United Nations.
Fareed presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on July 31, according to a statement issued by UN.
Before being appointed as a permanent observer, Fareed was serving as an adjunct professor at Long Island University, since 2010, following a 40-year career as a diplomat and an international civil servant.
During his 40-year long illustrious career as a diplomat and international civil servant, Fareed served on many important positions both in Pakistan and UN.
From 2006 to 2011, he was Special Adviser to the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and from 1998 to 2006 he served as Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations Systems Chief Executives Board. During his career as an international civil servant, Fareed served as Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator for Chernobyl at the United Nations Department for Humanitarian Affairs between 1992 and 1998. Prior to that, from 1987 to 1992, he served at the office of the Director General for Development and International Economic Cooperation as Senior Adviser to the Director-General and as member and then Director of the Special Commission on Review of Intergovernmental Structures in the Economic and Social Sector.
In his two decade long career as a diplomat, he also served as Director-General at Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1987 after holding several positions in the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations between 1980 and 1987, including Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador.
He also held various positions at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Fareed, is married and has two children. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Government College in Karachi.