Canada names new rep to UN’s FAO

Canada’s foreign affairs department has named its current chief political-economic officer as its new representative to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

James Fox, who had also served as the department’s assistant deputy minister for Europe, the Middle East and Maghreb since last August, now also becomes Canada’s ambassador to Italy and its permanent representative to the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, also headquartered in Rome.

Fox started work in 1976 at what was then the department of external affairs, serving in Madrid, Havana and Harare and as Canada’s ambassador to Guatemala and El Salvador (1993-96).

His resume also includes stints as executive assistant to the undersecretary of external affairs, director of the APEC and Japan divisions, director general of the department’s South and Southeast Asia Bureau and assistant deputy minister for bilateral relations.

Fox replaces Alexander Himelfarb, a senior federal bureaucrat who had held the post since 2006.

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