Duty of the Representative of the United States to the European Office of the United Nations
The representative serves as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Office at Geneva. The representative works under the President of the United States and the Secretary of State as well. The Secretary of State may direct the representative to participate for the United States in certain international organizations from time to time.
The Representative of the United States to the European Office of the United Nations is appointed to the position one of two ways. A Career Foreign Service Officer (FS) can become the representative to Geneva if they have served as Foreign Service for a certain amount of time. Otherwise, a politician who is not a career FSO can become the representative to Geneva if they are appointed by the president of the United States.
Representative of the United States to the European Office of the United Nations History
The office for the representative was formed in 1958 under 22 U.S.C. §287: US Code – Section 287(e). Since the office was created, the following people have served as representative:
Henry Serrano Villard: 1958 to 1960
Graham Anderson Martin: 1960 to 1962
Roger Willington Tubby: (1967 to 1969)
Idar D. Rimestad: 1969 to 1973
Francis Lykins Dale: 1973 to 1976
Henry Edward Catto Jr.: 1976 to 1977
William J. Vanden Heuvel: 1979
Gerald B. Helman: 1979 to 1981
Geoffrey Swaebe: 1981 to 1983
Gerald P. Carmen: 1984 to 1986
Joseph Carlton Petrone: 1987 to 1989
Morris Berthard Abram: 1989 to 1993
Daniel L. Spiegel: 1993 to 1997
George Edward Moose: 1997
Warren W. Tichenor: 2006 to 2009
Betty E. King: 2010
22 U.S.C. §287: US Code – Section 287(e)
This section of the U.S. Constitution clarifies the appointment, rank, status, tenure, and duties of the Representative of the United States to the European Office of the United Nations. The section reads:
“The President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint a representative of the United States to the European office of the United Nations, with appropriate rank and status who shall serve at the pleasure of the President and subject to the direction of the Secretary of State. Such person shall, at the direction of the Secretary of State, represent the United States at the European office of the United Nations, and perform such other functions there in connection with the participation of the United States in international organizations as the Secretary of State may, from time to time, direct.”
Information about Betty E. King, U.S. Ambassador
She served as Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations for Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. She has extensive experience in human rights, development, children, aging, and population issues, and she is the Vice President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation which helps to improve lives of devastated children.
She has served as Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health Services in D.C., Director of the Department on Aging in Arkansas, and Assistant Professor a the University of Arkansas.