Robert Wood, U.S. Ambassador to the UN in Geneva

Robert Wood

U.S. Ambassador to the UN in Geneva

Robert Wood has been a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and former U.S. Information Agency since 1988. He has worked as a public affairs advisor for the Bureau of African Affairs, as a special assistant to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and in several positions dealing with the Balkans.

He has served in public affairs positions in Mexico City, Mexico; Lagos, Nigeria; Islamabad, Pakistan; and Pretoria, South Africa. He speaks German, Spanish and French.

During the George W. Bush administration, he served as Deputy Spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York for four years, then moved to Berlin, Germany, where he served four years as the Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy there.

During the Barack Obama administration, Wood served as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Acting State Department Spokesman, then as the State Department’s Deputy Spokesman and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. He spent three years as the Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union for one year.

Since 2014, Wood has been the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Issues in Brussels, Belgium. He is the Ambassador to the United Nations at Geneva, Switzerland.

He lives in Geneva with his wife and son.

In the News…

The new START Treaty secured with Russia last week is seen by the Biden Administration as the beginning of engagement on strategic issues including multilateral arms control, Ambassador Robert Wood told a United Nations Conference on Disarmament.

“The United States will also seek to engage China on nuclear arms control and risk reduction,” Wood said. “I hope that China will join us in that effort.”

He said the Geneva forum, dead in the water for the last 20 years and unable to launch negotiations, was in need of a “new breath of life,” and the U.S.-Russia deal had renewed hope that multilateral negotiations could be re-initiated.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Ambassador Wood today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Ambassador Robert Wood
United Nations at Geneva
c/o U.S. Department of State
2201  C St NW
Washington, DC 20522


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