The Permanent Representative


Ambassador Antje Leendertse has been the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations since September 2021.

Antje Leendertse
Antje Leendertse© AA - Tom Köhler/photothek.net

Antje Leendertse, born in Moers, Germany, on 7 March 1963, married, one daughter.

Curriculum vitae

Since 2021 Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York

2019-2021 State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office

2018 – 2019 Political Director, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

2017 – 2018 Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Office of the United Nations and to the other international Organizations in Geneva

2015 – 2017 Ambassador, Head of the Task Force for the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship

2014 – 2015 Ambassador, Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control, Federal Foreign Office

2012 – 2014 Ambassador, Director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Federal Foreign Office

2009 – 2012 Head of Division for the Western Balkans, Federal Foreign Office

1990 Entered the Foreign Service

1989 Master’s degree in medieval and modern history, Romance languages, economics and philosophy from the University of Cologne

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Check against delivery   This Side Event is the first one to kick off the Protection of Civilian-Week with over 15 side events and the Secuirty Council  Open Debate in New York, and it could not be…

Opening Remarks by Ambassador Leendertse at the side event, “Unlocking Access to Provide Assistance and Protection to Children Affected by Conflict”, May 23, 2022.

Check against delivery We would like to thank the United States for convening this important meeting and our distinguished briefers for their excellent presentations. Let me be clear – and I…

Statement delivered by Ambassador Leendertse at the Security Council Open Debate on “Conflict and Food Security”, May 19 2022 

Germany fully aligns itself with the statement delivered by India on behalf of the Group of Four. To corroborate said statement, I would like to additionally elaborate on a few points in my national…

National Statement delivered by Ambassador Leendertse at the 5th session of the IGN on Security Council Reform, 12 May 2022

Statement delivered at the event of the same name taking place at the German House, co-hosted by Germany,  UN Peacekeeping, and the Permanent Missions of Sweden and South Africa

Ambassador Leendertse on “Translating UN Peacekeeping WPS mandates into reality”, May 12th, 2022.

Germany's Statement as submitted in writing by Ambassador Antje Leendertse

German statement for the UN Security Council briefing on Ukraine, May 5th, 2022.

I would like to thank the PRs of Ukraine and Sweden and Columbia University for organizing this webinar and also extend a special thanks to Government Commissioner for Gender Policy of Ukraine,…

Statement by Ambassador Leendertse at the side event, “Responding to the Invasion of Ukraine: The Impact of Feminist Foreign Policies”, April 22nd, 2022.

This informal meeting of the Council on Conflict and Food Security is indeed very timely. 2022 is forecasted to be the most food insecure year on record. The first victims will be, like always, the…

Statement by Ambassador Leendertse in the United Nations Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on Hunger and Conflict, April 21st, 2022.

The increase in conflict-related sexual violence illustrated by the Secretary-General’s most recent report is alarming. We are appalled by reports of sexual and gender-based violence against women and…

Statement by Ambassador Leendertse in the UN Security Council, Open Debate on “Accountability as Prevention: Ending Cycles of Sexual Violence in Conflict”, 13 April 2022 

(As delivered)   Thank you, Mr. President, for organizing this briefing, and thanks to Executive Director Sima Bahous of UN Women as well as Mr. Manuel Fontaine of UNICEF and Ms. Kateryna…

Statement by Ambassador Leendertse in the Meeting of the UN Security Council  on maintaining peace and security of Ukraine with a focus on the situation of women and children, April 11th, 2022.

The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution presented by Ukraine on the suspension of the rights of membership of the Russian Federation in the Human Rights Council. The text of the resolution can be accessed at the end of this page (additional content)

Statement of Germany, delivered by Ambassador Leendertse, at the 11th Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly on April 7th, 2022

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