Speaker: Ambassador Claudia Fritsche
Topic: How a Small State Asserts Its Presence in Washington
Location: Santa Fe Historic Foundation
Location: 545 Canyon Road
Cost: $25 CIR Members & Invited Guests
Attendance Limited: Advance Reservations Required. Call the CIR Office: (505) 982-4931.
Ambassador Fritsche assumed her duties as the first resident Ambassador of Liechtenstein in Washington at the beginning of October 2002, after leaving her post in New York, where she had served as the Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations from 1990 to 2002.
Ambassador Fritsche served as Vice-President and Member of the General Committee of the United Nations General Assembly during its 48th Session. From June 1999 to September 2002 she served as President of the International Association of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations. Ambassador Fritsche headed the Liechtenstein delegation at major UN conferences.
She joined the Office for Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Liechtenstein on June 1, 1978 and served in a variety of diplomatic functions, inter alia as Secretary to the Liechtenstein parliamentary delegations to the Council of Europe and to the European Free Trade Association, as well as within the Liechtenstein Embassies in Berne and Vienna and the Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Mrs. Fritsche represented the Liechtenstein Government on the European Committee on Equality between Women and Men (CEEG) from April 1987 until August 1990, while also chairing the Liechtenstein National Committee on Equality between Women and Men.
Mrs. Fritsche was the personal secretary to the Liechtenstein Head of Government from 1970 to 1974 and to the Deputy Head of Government from March to August 1974.
If you are interested in learning more about Liechtenstein and its relations with the United States, please visit the website: www.liechtensteinusa.org.