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Fernando Arias González

DIRECTOR- GENERAL, ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS, THE HAGUE

Personal Information

H.E. Mr Fernando Arias was appointed Director-General of the OPCW in December 2017 by the Conference of the States Parties at its Twenty-Second Session. He began his four-year term of office on 25 July 2018. Prior to his appointment as OPCW Director-General, he served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kingdom of Spain’s to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as Permanent Representative to the OPCW from 2014-2018.

Ambassador Arias has been a career diplomat since 1979 and has extensive multilateral experience with issues regarding weapons of mass destruction as well as bilateral experience in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, North America and South America. In the past decade, he has represented Spain at international organisations such as the OPCW and the United Nations (UN). Additionally, he also served as the Vice-President of the OPCW’s Executive Council from 2017 to 2018. At the UN, he was Spain’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative from 2012 to 2013. While at the UN, he also served as Vice-President of the 68th Session of the General Assembly and Vice President of the ECOSOC.

Previously, Ambassador Arias represented Spain as Deputy Chief of Mission in the People’s Republic of China from 2009 to 2012). He was also Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2004 to 2009, Ambassador to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from 2004 to 2006 while in residence in Sofia, Bulgaria, Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania from 1998 to 2000, and Ambassador to the Republic of Mali from 1998 to 2000. In addition to various posts held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, he also held posts at the Embassy of Spain in the Republic of Argentina, the United Mexican States, and the Republic of Romania. He began his diplomatic career with a posting to the Netherlands.

Ambassador Arias was born in Madrid, Spain on 27 February, 1952 and holds a degree in law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as well as a Certificate in International Studies from the Diplomatic School in Madrid, Spain.