The Canadian government has announced its latest diplomatic appointments, including a new ambassador to the United Nations headquarters in New York and representatives to several countries that the government will focus on under its new aid approach.

Gilles Rivard has been named as Canada’s ambassador and deputy permanent representative to the U.N. Rivard, who is currently Canada’s ambassador to Haiti, brings with him to New York more than 24 years of experience in international relations. He served various posts at the Canadian International Development Agency, including as program director for Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He was appointed CIDA’s vice president for Europe, Maghreb and the Middle East in 2005 and vice president for the Americas in 2007.

Other diplomatic appointments announced Aug. 12 by the Canadian foreign affairs ministry include:

-Henri-Paul Normandin as ambassador to Haiti.-Ross Hynes as high commissioner to Pakistan.-Perry Calderwood as ambassador to Senegal.

Haiti, Pakistan and Senegal are among the 20 countries that Canada said it will be focusing its aid on under its new aid approach dubbed “Partnerships with Canadians.”

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