AMBASSADOR VINCI NIEL CLODUMAR

Ambassador Vinci Niel Clodumar

I had the honor to serve Ambassador Vinci Neil Clodumar as his Senior Adviser at the United Nations during his time as Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary. He was not just a boss, but a family to me. He left the United States in 2004 and returned to Nauru. (Vince Sinining)

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The Republic of Nauru was admitted as the 187th member state of the United Nations in September 1999, and subsequently established its Permanent Mission in January 2000. On December 22, 1999, His Excellency Ambassador Vinci Niel Clodumar presented his Letter of Credence to Secretary-General Kofi Annan and became the first Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nauru to the United Nations. Ambassador Clodumar was also accredited as Nauru's Ambassador to the United States and Canada.

The involvement of the Republic of Nauru at the United Nations covers on important issues such as global warming, rising sea-levels, nuclear testing, Pacific aid, Development and Measures designed to combat international terrorism. Small as the country is, Nauru continues to actively support human rights and self-determination to its Pacific neighbours.

On it second year of membership to the United Nations, Nauru became the Chairman of the Pacific Island Forum Group in New York.

In 2000, Vinci Niel Clodumar became the first Ambassador of Nauru to the United Nations. Prior to his appointment, He served as General Manager of the Nauru Phosphate Corporation and Director of the Nauru Rehabilitation Corporation. From 1997 to 1999, he was Chairman of the Nauru Phosphate Royalties Trust and the Nauru Phosphate Corporation.

Ambassador Clodumar was a member of Parliament from 1987 to 1997, elected into a seat for the constituency of Meneng. During that period, he also held a series of ministerial-level posts in Naru?s Government, including: Minister for Works and Community Service (1994-1995); Minister for Finance (1992-1994); Minister for Health and Education (1989-1992); and Minister for Justice (1989).

From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Clodumar was employed by the Nauru Phosphate Corporation as a Mining Engineer, Mining Superintendent, Operations Manager, Production Manager and General Manager.

Mr. Clodumar received a Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical), Graduate Member the Institution of Engineers – Australia.

Born on 23 March 1951, Mr. Clodumar is married.

Editor'snote:
I had the honor to serve Ambassador Clodumar when the President of Nauru appointed me as an adviser for the Government of Nauru at the United Nations in New York for four years. (Vince Sinining).