Ambassador Donald F. McHenry



Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations, September 1979 – January 1981

Donald F. McHenry was named U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations by President Carter in August, 1979. Ambassador McHenry previously served as U.S. Deputy Representative to the U.N. Security Council. Coming from a background of extensive study of international law and organizations, he joined the Department of State in 1963. For eight years, he served in various positions there that were related to U.S. policy on questions arising in international organizations. In 1966, he received the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. In 1971, Ambassador McHenry went on leave from the State Department to serve as a guest scholar at the USUN Photo Brookings Institution, and an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. During that period, he also was a professorial lecturer in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Ambassador McHenry resigned from the State Department in 1973 and joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., where he directed Humanitarian Policy Studies. Also during that period, he was a professorial lecturer at American University in Washington, D.C. before coming to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Ambassador McHenry worked on the Carter Administration’s State Department transition staff. His international organization experience includes: serving as both an Advisor and Alternate Representative to the U.N. Trusteeship Council’s Alternate Representative to the U.N. Seminar on Apartheid and Racial Discrimination Delegate to the U.N. International Conference on Human Rights and a consultant to the U.S. Congressional Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union in 1966. Ambassador McHenry has also been the chief U.S. negotiator on the question of Namibia as a member of the U.N. Western Five Contact Group. He is author of Micronesia: Trust Betrayed (Carnegie Endowment, 1975) and has had numerous articles published in journals and newspapers.

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