H.E. Mr. John Dauth, former Ambassador of Australia to the United Nations
Mr. Dauth is an Australian public servant and diplomat. He was the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2013. Dauth was born in Brisbane, Queensland. Graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he joined the Australian Public Service in the Department of External Affairs in 1969, and was seconded to Buckingham Palace between 1977 and 1980, serving in the Press Office of the Royal Household as Assistant Press Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II and Press Secretary to the Prince of Wales. Dauth has served in a number of positions overseas including: Nigeria (Second Secretary, 1970–1972); Tutor in Residence at Burgmann College, Australian National University (1974–1975); Iran (Chargé d’affaires, 1983–1985); and New Caledonia (Consul-General, 1986–1987). He previously served as High Commissioner to New Zealand (2006–2008). Prior to this he was Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2001–2006) and High Commissioner to Malaysia (1993–1996). He was the Consul-General in New Caledonia from 1986-1987 before being declared persona non grata by the French government after Paris complained that he was too close to the Kanak pro-independence movement. In 2008, the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, appointed Dauth as Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, succeeding Richard Alston.