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Profile of H.E. Eden Charles

His Excellency Eden Charles, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations

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Mr. Eden Charles is a career diplomat who was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations on March 26, 2012. Prior to his posting to the United Nations, Ambassador Charles served in the Treaties, International Agreements and Legal Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago. There he was intimately involved in advising on international legal issues; negotiating multilateral agreements on behalf of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and drafting international instruments, relating to, inter alia, maritime boundary delimitation; fisheries; air services; mutual legal assistance and; extradition.

At the United Nations, Ambassador Charles has represented Trinidad and Tobago in the Sixth Committee (Legal Committee) and has also advised on international law issues of importance to Trinidad and Tobago in the plenary; the Main Committees; Ad Hoc Committees, as well as, Working Groups. He has also advised the Mission on matters concerning disarmament and international peace and security.

Additionally, Ambassador Charles has at different times chaired Committees appointed by the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court; the Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS”) and other bodies.

A multilateralist to the core, Ambassador Charles’s skills and experience as a negotiator and knowledge of different facets of international law led to his appointment as Lead Negotiator of the Member States of the Caribbean Community (“CARICOM”) for the United Nations Diplomatic Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (“ATT”) in July, 2012.