Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa is, one of the first two women in Bahrain to practice law when she was admitted as a lawyer in Bahrain in 1979. Sheikha Haya has had an illustrious diplomatic career. From 2000 to 2004 she was Bahrain's Ambassador to France and its nonresident Ambassador to Belgium, Switzerland and Spain, becoming the first Bahraini woman Ambassador. She is also Bahrain's permanent delegate to UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. She has been the President of the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly for its term of one year which ended in September 2007. She is the third woman to hold the position. She is the recipient of several notable awards, the most recent of which include the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Special Award, 2007, in recognition of her work in promoting the set of global anti-poverty targets, the Path to Peace Award 2007, from the Path to Peace Foundation, New York in recognition of acts of individual leadership in the international community, and the Social Creativity Award, representing appreciation for Arab women, at the Sixth Conference of the Arab Thought Foundation. Sheikha Haya has been appointed in 2008 to chair the Consumer Advisory Group of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, (TRA) Bahrain. She also holds the position of the chairperson of the board of trustees Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR) since 2009.