Guyana UN Ambassador named General Assembly VP

Rudolph M. Ten-Pow, Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United Nations, left, accepting a citation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at recent Guyanese independence observances in Brooklyn.
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Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United Nations, Rudolph M. Ten-Pow, has been elected by acclamation as a vice president to the UN 73rd General Assembly, scheduled for Sept. 18 – 30.

Ten-Pow who was recently presented with a citation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, during Guyana’s 52nd Independence Anniversary at Borough Hall, for his outstanding work in the community, is a long serving member of the Foreign Service of Guyana.

The diplomat, who has served as Guyana Permanent Representative to the UN since 2016, began his career in the Foreign Service of Guyana in 1980 as desk officer for Venezuela. He was later appointed head of the Frontiers Division.

In 1986, Ambassador Ten-Pow joined the United Nations as a French and Spanish translator before serving at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, according the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Georgetown.

Ten-Pow — who officiates and delivers speeches at many functions in the diaspora — upon his return to headquarters in 1991 served successively as reviser, training officer, chief of English Translation Service and acting director of the Documentation Division of the United Nations.

The multi-talented Ten-Pow joined the World Bank in Washington D.C. as senior program manager for Conference Services and served for two years, before returning to the UN as acting director of Documentation Division, and later special adviser to the United Nations Coordinator for Multilingualism.

The diplomat, who earned Postgraduate Diplomas in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in International Relations from the City University of New York, also served as special adviser to the United Nations Coordinator for Multilingualism.

Representatives from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Iraq, Japan, Namibia, Panama, Qatar, San Marino, Spain, Sudan and Ukraine, along with five permanent members of the Security Council — China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and the United States, were also elected to serve at the 73rd UNGA.

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