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Janis Karklins

Organisation: Mission to the Council of Europe

Position: Ambassador

Ambassador Janis Karklins currently is the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the Council of Europe. In more than 30 years of diplomatic career he also has served as the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations at Geneva (twice), Latvian Ambassador to France, Andorra, Monaco and UNESCO, the Director of the NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communications, as well as the Assistant Director General of Communication and Information of UNESCO.

During his first stay in Geneva (2000 – 2007) he presided over the Preparatory Committee of the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (2004-2005). During the second tour in Geneva (2015 – 2020) he chaired the WIPO General Assembly, the UN Economic Commission for Europe, CCW 2018 meeting of High Contracting Parties, the ATT 2019 meeting of the States Parties, and 2020 GGE LAWS in the framework of CCW.

Ambassador Karklins chaired the Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN from 2007 until June 2010, at the same time being the GAC liaison to the ICANN Board of Directors. In 2014 the UN Secretary General appointed Ambassador Karklins to be the Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum for two year term.
Ambassador Karklins holds an engineering degree from the Riga Technical University and attended an Executive Education Program for Eastern European diplomats at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University.