Prior to his appointment at his current post in September 2017, he was the UN Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Africa (2012-17) and Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN (2005-12). In that capacity, he was the african member of the Bureau of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which laid the foundation for the UN 2030 Agenda and the African Agenda 2063. Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (2011-12) and Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly (2008-09) representing Africa, Mr. Abdelaziz enjoys an intimate knowledge of the UN and the AU’s intergovernmental processes and multilateral diplomacy. As Chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (2009-12), he played a leading role in coordinating developing countries position in the UN along with the G77 and China. Diplomatic Adviser to the President of Egypt and Official Spokesman of the Presidency (1999-2005), Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN (1995-99), Political Counsellor in the New York Mission (1995-97), he joined the Foreign Ministry in 1979 and was among other posts the Political Counsellor at the Egyptian Embassy in the USSR (1989-93). Mr. Abdelaziz graduated from the Ain Shams University School of Law in 1973.