16 September 2008
General Assembly
BIO/4023*
GA/DIS/3359

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Biographical Note


MARCO ANTONIO SUAZO OF HONDURAS CHAIRMAN OF FIRST COMMITTEE


Marco Antonio Suazo, Deputy Permanent Representative of Honduras to the United Nations, was elected Chairman of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) on 4 June.  (See Press Release GA/10714.)


Mr. Suazo was promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 2005, continuing his services as Deputy Permanent Representative after a 19-year affiliation with the United Nations, during which he represented his country in various capacities.


He was Chargé d’affaires ad interim in 2002, when he served as Chairman of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial), a period that saw the creation of the Financing for Development Office in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the evolution of an integrated approach to major United Nations conferences and summits.


Also in 2002, he was elected Vice-President of the twelfth Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.  From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Suazo served as an adviser in charge of capacity-building programmes for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.


Between 1995 and 1998, Mr. Suazo was Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Honduras to the United Nations, representing his country on the Security Council from 1995 to 1996.  He was a Counsellor from 1991 to 1994.  Also in the 1990s, he represented Honduras during the negotiations leading up to the creation of the International Criminal Court, and led his delegation in 2003 during the first election of judges to the Court.


He was First Secretary at the Embassy of Honduras in Managua, Nicaragua, from 1988 to 1990, having begun his service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986 as Vice-Director of Multilateral Affairs.


Mr. Suazo has published several articles relating to social and economic issues in the UN Chronicle and in the diplomatic magazine of his country’s Foreign Ministry.  He also completed a history book, published by the Ministry, on the history of his country’s participation in the United Nations from 1945 to 2005.


He graduated with a degree in social science and jurisprudence at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, and completed his postgraduate studies in international relations at the University of Florence, Italy.


Mr. Suazo was born in Santa Barbara, Honduras, on 3 April 1956.


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*     This supersedes Press Release BIO/3449 of 11 September 2002.


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