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President to 56th IAEA General Conference: Curriculum Vitae

Carlos Barros Oreiro


Carlos Alejandro Barros OreiroAmbassador and
Permanent Representative of Uruguay

The General Conference elected Ambassador Barros Oreiro as President of the IAEA's 56th General Conference on 17 September 2012.

Mr. Barros Oreiro is a career diplomat who has served in a number of senior diplomatic positions for Uruguay's foreign service. He has been Ambassador to several countries, including Cuba, the Czech Republic and Italy. Since 2009 he is Uruguay's Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna.

Mr. Barros Oreiro has held a number of other senior positions: he was, inter alia, Uruguay's Representative to the UN General Assembly; Deputy Resident Representative to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva; President of the Co-Operation Agreement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARCAL) to the IAEA; Resident Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund of Agricultural Development; and Coordinator of the National Commission to the River Plate Basin.

He draws his multilateral diplomatic expertise from his work as Rapporteur for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board; as Coordinator and Spokesman of the Latin American and Caribbean Group at the UNCTAD Commission of Raw Materials; as Vice President of the 14th UNIDO General Conference, and as Permanent Representative to the World Food Program.

In addition to serving overseas, Ambassador Barros Oreiro also served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director of Multilateral Affairs; as Head of the International and Economic Organisations Department; and as Deputy Director for Economic Affairs.

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 5 July 1950, Ambassador Barros Oreiro obtained a degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of the Republic (Uruguay). He is also a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Uruguay, of the Organization of American States' Interamerican Trade Centre, and of the Diplomatic Academy of Spain.