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Prime Minister Bellerive was born in 1958 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He became Prime Minister on November 7, 2009, after having served as Minister of Planning and External Cooperation since 2006.
He began his career in public affairs in late 1999 as the electoral coordinator of the department de l'Ouest for the 2000 municipal and presidential elections in which Jean-Bertrand Aristide became President.
Mr. Bellerive worked on preparing a social appeasement program as well as a program for reforming public administration in the Aristide government. He also served as the Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Jean-Marie Chérestal and was also a member of former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune’s team.
Foreign Affairs Minister Cannon was born in 1947 in Québec City, Canada. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008. He was sworn in as Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on February 6, 2006.
Between 2001 and 2005, he served as a city councillor in Gatineau, Quebec. He was appointed President of the Société de transport de l'Outaouais in 2002 and, in 2004, President of the Association du transport urbain du Québec. He was a member of Québec's National Assembly from 1985 to 1994 and held the posts of Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Minister of Communications. Before entering municipal politics, Mr. Cannon was a consultant in the private sector.
Vice-Minister Taccetti was born in 1943 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was appointed to his current position in 2008 and serves in the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
In 1965, he graduated from the Universidad del Salvador with a law degree and ran a private practice for roughly 10 years. He started his diplomatic career as Vice-Consul in 1974, with assignments in Houston, New York and Washington, before being promoted to the position of Ambassador in 1992.
Between his service as Ambassador to Mexico (1994-1999) and Italy (2004-2008), he served as Argentina’s Undersecretary of Foreign Policies, Undersecretary for Latin-American Policy and Chief of Cabinet for the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Minister Celso Amorim was born in 1942 in Santos, Brazil. He has served as Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva since 2003, adding to his previous term as Foreign Minister under President Itamar Franco’s government (1993-1994).
He graduated from the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy in 1965. In 1987, he was appointed Secretary for International Affairs in the Ministry of Science and Technology. Two years later, he was made Director-General for Cultural Affairs in the Ministry of External Relations.
While serving as permanent representative of Brazil to the United Nations in New York (1995-1999) and in Geneva (1991-1993, 1999-2001), Mr. Amorim represented Brazil on the Security Council panel on Iraq in 1999. He was named Ambassador to the U.K. in 2001.
Foreign Minister Fernández Amunátegui was born in 1945 in Santiago, Chile. He assumed the position of Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on March 13, 2009.
From 1994 to 2000, Fernández served as Chile’s Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs. In 2006, he was appointed Chile’s Ambassador to the United States. He previously held the same title in Chilean embassies in Libya, Spain, Andorra, Italy and Great Britain.
Jorge Urbina was born in Costa Rica in 1946. He was appointed Costa Rica’s Permanent Representative to the UN in 2006. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Urbina was a Programme Coordinator at the International Centre for Human Development, San José, Costa Rica (1998 to 2006).
Minister Morales was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign Relations on August 16, 2005, a position in which he had previously served from August 1994 to May 1996. He was Vice-President of the Dominican Republic from 1986 to 1989 and from 1990 to 1994. He also served as the Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the United States from 1989 to 1990.
Vice-President Fernandez de la Vega was born in 1949 in Valencia, Spain. She was appointed Vice-President, Minister of the Presidence and Government Spokesperson by Prime Minister Zapatero in April 2004. A trained lawyer, she has held various positions in Spain's Ministry of Justice, including that of Secretary of State for Justice (1994-1996). She served three terms as Member of Parliament before taking on her current responsibilities.
Foreign Minister Kouchner was born in 1939 in Avignon, France. He assumed the position of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs in May 2007. Trained as a medical doctor, Kouchner devoted the early part of his career to humanitarian causes around the world, a passion and commitment to engagement in fragile states that he maintains today. Mr. Kouchner cofounded Médecins sans Frontières (1971) and founded Médecins du Monde (1980). Both NGOs are focused on providing adequate medical care in the developing world. He entered government in 1988 as State Secretary responsible for Social Integration, and was subsequently State Secretary responsible for Humanitarian Affairs, and Minister of State responsible for Health (three times) and for Humanitarian Affairs. Notably, he has also served as Civil Administrator and UN High Representative in Kosovo (1999-2001) and taught at Harvard School of Public Health (2003).
Foreign Minister Takemasa assumed the post of Senior Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in September 2009. He was born in Shimizu city, Shizuoka, in March 1961. He graduated from the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law, at Keio University in 1984. He continued to further his education at the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, from which he graduated in 1989.
Throughout his political career, Mr. Takemasa has assumed various positions in parliamentary associations at both the prefectural and national levels. Most notably, he was the Director of the Committee on Foreign Affairs for the House of Representatives; Director of the special committees on Anti-Piracy Measures, Prevention of International Terrorism, and Japan’s Cooperation and Support; and he served as Chairman of the Research Council on Audit and Oversight of Administration, for the Democratic Party of Japan.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Espinosa Cantellano was born in 1958 in Mexico City, Mexico and was appointed Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs on December 1, 2006.
She has been a career member of the Mexican Foreign Service since September 16, 1981. She has held numerous positions within the Foreign Ministry, including Director of International Organizations, Director General for Regional Organizations in the Americas and National Coordinator for the Rio Group, the Ibero American Summit and the Latin America and Caribbean-Europe Summit.
Diplomatic assignments include Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia, and permanent representative to the International Organizations in Vienna.
Foreign Minister García Belaúnde was born in 1948 in Peru. He was sworn in as Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in July 2006. A career diplomat, Mr. García Belaunde has occupied various diplomatic positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1973. He has worked at Peru’s Mission to the United Nations and served in France, Mexico, Spain, Ecuador and the United States.
In 1988, he was named Undersecretary of Economic Affairs and Integration in Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2002, he has taught a Master’s Program in Governance at the Universidad San Martín de Porres.
Secretary of State Rodriguez Ramos was born in 1963 in Valladolid, Spain. She was appointed Secretary of State for International Cooperation by Prime Minister Zapatero in July 2008.
She began her professional life as a lawyer working on women’s rights. In 1999, she became a member of the European Parliament and acted as Vice-President of the Agriculture and Rural Development Commission. She was elected to the Spanish Parliament in 2004. Between 2004 and 2008, she served on numerous parliamentary commissions, including the Joint Commission for the European Union and the Commission on the Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Ms. Rodriguez Ramos holds a law degree from the University of Valladolid.
Nelson Fernandez Bracco was born in Uruguay in 1962 and was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in August 2009. Prior to this appointment he occupied the position of Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry. He has also held the positions of Director General for International Economic Affairs, Director General for MERCOSUR and Integration Affairs, and National Coordinator for MERCOSUR in the same ministry. Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2005, Mr. Fernandez Bracco worked for 26 years in Uruguay’s state owned Banco de la Republica.
Secretary Clinton was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. She was sworn in as Secretary of State on January 21, 2009.
In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States, and as First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton became an advocate of health-care reform and worked on many issues relating to children and families.
In 2000, she made history as the first “First Lady” to be elected to the U.S. Senate, and the first woman elected state-wide in New York. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, she was a firm promoter of funding the rebuilding of New York and of addressing the health concerns of the first responders who risked their lives working at Ground Zero.
Secretary General Insulza was born in 1943 in Chile. He took office on May 26, 2005 as Secretary General of the Organization of American States.
He has served as Chilean Ambassador for International Cooperation, Director of Multilateral Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Vice President of the International Cooperation Agency during the administration of Chilean President Patricio Aylwin in the 1990s.
Under the administration of Chilean President Eduardo Frei, he became Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs in March 1994 and, in September of the same year, was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1999, he became Minister Secretary General of the Presidency, and the following year he became President Ricardo Lagos’s Minister of the Interior and Vice President of the Republic, serving until 2005.
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on April 17, 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programs and departments working on development issues.
Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Ms. Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 to 2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, she engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres.
Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Ms. Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland. She graduated with a BA in 1971 and an MA with First Class Honours in 1974. She is married to Peter Davis, a Professor at Auckland University.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Edmond Mulet of Guatemala as the Acting Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, following the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Mr. Mulet was deployed in order to replace Hédi Annabi of Tunisia, who perished in the earthquake. Mr. Mulet had previously been serving as the UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations before his appointment.
Mr. Mulet preceded Annabi as the SRSG and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) from May 2006 to August 2007. Under his leadership, MINUSTAH worked in close partnership with the Government of President René Préval to make significant improvements in the country’s stability and to undertake key institutional reforms.
Mr. Mulet was educated in Guatemala, Canada, the United States and Switzerland. In addition to his public service, he worked for many years as a journalist and as a legal counsellor in public institutions and the private sector.
United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Sir John Holmes
United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Sir John HolmesSir John Holmes was appointed Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) in February 2007. Mr. Holmes was previously the British Ambassador in Paris from October 2001 to February 2007. A career diplomat, he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1973, and served in a wide range of posts and roles. He began his career in London, including a spell covering the United Nations, which involved a period of temporary duty at the 1975 General Assembly as part of the British Mission to the UN in New York.
John Holmes was born in Preston, in the North of England, in 1951, and educated at Preston Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford. He married Penelope (nee Morris) in 1976. Sir John and Lady Holmes have three daughters, Sarah, Lucy and Emilie.
Percival Noel James (P.J.) Patterson was born in St. Andrews, Jamaica in 1935. He served as Jamaica’s sixth Prime Minister during four consecutive terms, from 1992 to 2006.
Mr. Patterson began his political career in 1958 as a party organizer for the People’s National Party (PNP) and served in a variety of high-level political positions, including the Jamaican Senate. His numerous Cabinet positions included Minister of Industry, Minister of Foreign Trade, Minister of Tourism, Minister of Foreign Affairs and finally Minister of Development, Planning and Production.
Since his retirement from politics in 2006, Mr. Patterson has remained active internationally as a member of the Global Leadership Foundation. He is credited with playing a seminal role in the transformation of Caribbean Free Trade Area into CARICOM, and later the formation of the CARICOM Single Market.
Dr. Compton Bourne became the President of the Caribbean Development Bank on May 1, 2001. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Bourne was Principal of the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies from 1996-2001. He is now Professor Emeritus of Economics.
Dr. Bourne served as Chairman of the Council of Finance and Planning Task Force on the Effects of the Global Economic Crisis (2009), and Chairman of the Advisory Group on the Caribbean Regional Strategic Plan (2009). He has advised CARICOM Governments, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and USAID on monetary and financial market policy in the Caribbean, Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria and the Philippines, including contributions to the reform of rural financial markets in the Caribbean.
On January 19, 2010, Mr. De Falco was appointed Coordinator of a Special Task Force for Haiti at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to this appointment, he served as Executive Vice-President from December 2005 to February 2007.
Before joining the Bank, Mr. De Falco was director of the Office of Developing Nations Finance in the U. S. Treasury Department between 1984 and 1988, where he handled financial and economic issues affecting U.S. relations with developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Ms. Atkinson assumed her current position as Director of External Relations (EXR) at the International Monetary Fund on November 1, 2008. During her IMF career, Ms. Atkinson worked on a wide cross-section of countries as well as on policy issues in the European, Western Hemisphere, and Policy Development and Review Departments. Prior to becoming Director of EXR, she was Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Department.
Outside the Fund, she has held high-level positions in key official and private sector organizations, including at the Bank of England, the United States Treasury, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Stonebridge International. Ms. Atkinson has also worked as a journalist for the Washington Post, the Economist, and the Times of London.
Pamela Cox has been the Vice President for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region since January 1, 2005. Ms. Cox has guided a strategic shift to reposition the Bank in Latin America and the Caribbean Region as a key development partner among a diverse landscape of client countries from Bolivia to Brazil
Ms. Cox has held management positions in various countries and regions since joining the Bank in 1980. From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Cox was Director of Strategy and Operations in the Office of the Vice President for the Africa Region. She served as Country Director for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland from 1996 to 2000.
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