H.E. Mr. Charles Thembani Ntwaagae was elected Vice-chair of the Bureau for the Preparatory Process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, representing the African Group.
Mr. Mr. Charles Thembani Ntwaagae is a Permanent Representative of the Republic of Botswana to the United Nations
Mr. Charles Thembani Ntwaagae is Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Botswana to the United Nations with bilateral accreditation to Cuba, Jamaica and Guyana.
Mr. Ntwaagae has had more than 30 years of work experience mostly at senior policy and managerial levels both in the Home and Foreign Service of his country.
Prior to his current appointment he served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Before then, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, as well as to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other Geneva-based International Organizations, including International humanitarian civil society organizations such as the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Cross Crescent and the World Council of Churches.
He simultaneously served as Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Among the notable positions of responsibility which Ambassador Ntwaagae held while serving in Geneva are Chair of the Africa Group, Co-ordinator of the ACP Group of Ambassadors and Chair of the Commonwealth Developing Countries Group.
In the Home Service of his native country, he has held several senior level positions. He served at some point in his career as Executive Director of the National Conservation Strategy Coordinating Agency. The Agency was, among others, charged with responsibility for the implementation of the National Conservation Strategy and sustainable development programmes and projects, including Agenda 21.
In that capacity, he participated in meetings of the Commission on Sustainable Development, UNEP Governing Council and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council.
He was instrumental in the formulation of the National Population Policy and the promulgation of the Environmental Impact Assessment legislation in Botswana as well as in Botswana?s ratification of multilateral environment conventions such as the Biodiversity Convention, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the Convention to Combat Drought and Desertification, and the Wetlands (Ramsar) Convention.
Over the years of his career, Ambassador Ntwaagae participated in a wide range of conferences and negotiations in regional and international bodies. These include SADC, African Union, Commonwealth, the UN General Assembly and its subsidiary organs, the UN Security Council, ECOSOC, Non-Aligned Movement, the Group of 77 and China, TICAD, Forum for Cooperation between Africa and China (FOCAC), Forum for Cooperation between India and Africa, WTO Ministerial Conferences etc.
He was also an Alternate Director of a number of statutory Boards in Botswana. These include the Board of Directors of the Debswana Diamond Mining Company, Soda Ash (Botswana) and the Botswana Development Corporation.
He also served as the Chair of Credentials Committee of the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Member of the Secretary General?s Advisory Board on Democracy and Good Governance and Chair of the Africa Group.
Ambassador Ntwaagae holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Botswana and Swaziland, and a Masters Degree (with 3.91 GPA) from the Pennsylvania State University. He is also a Fellow of the World Bank/IMF Economic Development Institute (EDI).
He is proficient in English and has a working knowledge of French.