16 April 2014
Press Release

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

New Permanent Representative of Chile Presents Credentials


(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

The new Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations, Cristián Barros Melet, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.

Until his appointment, Mr. Barros was his country’s Ambassador to India, concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

A career diplomat of 40 years’ standing in Chile’s Foreign Service, Mr. Barros served as Ambassador to Italy from 2008 to 2010, with concurrent accreditation to Malta.  During those years, he served also as Permanent Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Barros was Ambassador to Peru, and between 2002 and 2006, he served as Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs.  From 2000 to 2002, he was Ambassador to the United Kingdom, concurrently accredited to Ireland.

Mr. Barros was Director-General for Foreign Policy from 1998 to 1999 and Director-General for Administrative Affairs from 1996 to 1998.  He served as Ambassador to Denmark from 1993 to 1996, and as Director-General for Administrative Affairs between 1992 and 1993.  In 1991, Mr. Barros was the Staff Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and served as Head of Cabinet to the Director-General for Foreign Policy in 1990.

He was educated at the Law School of the Universidad de Chile and the Andres Bello Diplomatic Academy.

Born in Santiago, Chile, on October 19, 1952, he is married and has a son.

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