FORMER High Court judge Nazhat Shameem has been appointed Fiji's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ms Shameem is to depart for her posting later this month.
However, the Fiji mission in Geneva is expected to be opened and fully operational in June.
The announcement was made yesterday by the permanent secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Amena Yauvoli.
Mr Yauvoli did not mention, however, the length of Ms Shameem's tenure.
"Ms Shameem's wide experience in the civil service, her extensive legal background and expertise make her a suitable candidate for the type of work and advocacy required of Fiji's representative in Geneva," Mr Yauvoli said.
In accepting the post, Ms Shameem said she was honoured to represent Fiji abroad.
She said she was ready for the challenges ahead of her.
"In the last five years, I have enjoyed working with all sectors of society, including legal practitioners, the business community, the media and judicial officers, to enhance legal skills and to empower non-lawyers by de-mystifying the law," Ms Shameem said.