The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol was held in the sunny city of Durban, South Africa.

 

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South Africa's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary / Permanent Representative

Ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila

Photo credit: Sherwin Bryce-Pease/SABC

The new Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, His Excellency Ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 5 July 2016.

From 2011 until his latest appointment, Ambassador Matjila was the Acting Director-General of South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation.  He was previously Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva from 2010 to 2011, serving concurrently as Consul-General to the French-speaking cantons of Switzerland.

Ambassador Matjila was Deputy Director-General of the Asia and Middle East Branch in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation between 2006 and 2010.  He was Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Community from 2001 to 2006.

He served an earlier stint as Deputy Director-General, between 1999 and 2001, and was High Commissioner to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Nepal from 1995 and 1999, having joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994.

Ambassador Matjila was educated in France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Norway and Germany.

Born on 14 July 1952, he is married.