How to Address a Permanent Representative

The Permanent Representative to the U.N.

How do I address the French Permanent Representative to the United Nations?  I believe, the Permanent Representative would be addressed as Ambassador in the salutation, but I had also found several letters on the internet addressing the Permanent Representative as Your Excellency.
————– Antonia

Dear Antonia,
A permanent representative to an international organization such as the United Nations holds the rank of ambassador.  His rank is ‘ambassador’ – his role is ‘permanent representative’.   This person is addressed in the style of a foreign ambassador and identified as the permanent representative.

—-Envelope or address block on an email:
—-—-His/Her Excellency (Full Name)
—-—-Permanent Representative of the French Republic to the United Nations
—-—-(Address)

—-Salutation – here are three, from the most to the least formal:
—-—-Your Excellency,
—-—-Dear Ambassador,
—-—-—-or
—-—-Dear Ambassador (Surname),

– Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

How to Write a Place Card for the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN?

How would one correctly write place card for a formal dinner for the U.S.’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations? Can I properly write ‘The American Ambassador to the United Nations’?
—-—-—-—-– Cindy

Dear Cindy,

On a formal place card (not a tent card of placard) all that is written is enought to tell the guest which is ther seat. It doesn’t need to have a lot of information, and a place card is small anyway.

His rank is ‘ambassador’ – his role is ‘permanent representative’.  As a U.S. official being addressed by a U.S. citizen he could be formally addressed in these two ways:
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-the United States Ambassador to the United Nations
—-—-—-or
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

—-PLACE CARD BY OFFICE:  You can write a place card ‘by office’ rather than ‘by name’. Addressing ‘by office’ is more formal.
—-On the place card:
—-    –—-The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
—-—    ——-or
—    ——-The U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N.

—-PLACE CARD BY NAME:  In oral address he is ‘Ambassador (Surname).  That’s what would go on his placecard.
——–Ambassador (Surname)

– Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"