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Created: 2014.08.08 / Updated: 2018.09.10 08:40

Ms. Rita Kazragienė


2018 August - Present Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the Kingdom of Belgium.
2014 July - 2018 August

Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

Strategy and policy coordinator of employment and secondments of Lithuanians to the EU and international institutions, national interinstitutional level negotiations and consulting; high-level contacts with the officials of the EU and other regional and international institutions.

2010 April - 2014 July

Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations in New York, USA.

Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN Security Council.

Deputizing and advice on policy planning and management; coordination of horizontal Security Council and General Assembly issues; focus on First Committee (Disarmament and International Security); coordinator and chief negotiator of the UN Second Committee resolution by Lithuania and introduced by the EU  “Cooperative measures to assess and increase awareness of environmental effects related to waste originating from chemical munitions dumped at sea”; Security Council reform; deputy co-facilitator of GA revitalisation; coordinator of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council in New York; co-founder of the UN DPRs network.

2008 August - 2010 April

Deputy Director/Acting Director, Global Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

Strategic planning, management, financial oversight; implementation coordination of strategy and policy on UN system and other international and regional organizations; coordination of election campaigns to UN Security Council and UNESCO Director General; coordination of summit level state representation/visits abroad.

2004 August - 2008 August

Counsellor/Minister Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations at Geneva, Switzerland.

Conference on Disarmament and other international security and disarmament related bodies such as CWC (OPCW), CCW, Ottawa convention, including during Lithuania’s Chairmanship of the CCW Vth Protocol (ERW) and Sponsorship Programme, BWC; Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on Stockpile Destruction under the Ottawa Convention and initiator of informal multistakeholder consultation process on PFM “butterfly” antipersonnel mines; active networking with international security governmental and non-governmental actors, in particular UN Secretariat and UNMAS, ICRC, ICBL-CMC, GICHD; developing of coherence notion in the area of conventional weapons; representation and coordination of national positions in WHO, ITU, ILO.

2002 September - 2004 June Lecturer, Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences and International Business School at Vilnius University.
2001 July - 2004 August Deputy Director (Diplomatic Law), State and Diplomatic Protocol Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.
1998 January - 2001 July

First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuaniato the United States of America in Washington, DC, USA.

1994 November - 1998 January

Attaché/First Secretary, Protocol Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.

1986 June - 1994 November Scientific Associate, Laser Optics Laboratory, Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of Lithuania.
  • Married with two adult daughters.
  • In 1986 graduated with honours from Vilnius State University, holds MA in Science.
  • Fluent in English and Russian, independent user of French.

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