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H.E. Ambassador Léo MérorèsH.E. Ambassador Léo Mérorès

Sixty-fourth President of the Economic and Social Council

His Excellency Léo Mérorès was elected sixty-fourth President of the Economic and Social Council on 14 January 2008. Ambassador Mérorès is the Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations. He presented his credentials to the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 30 March 2005.

In January 2006, Mr. Mérorès was elected Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council representing the Group of Latin America and Caribbean.

From April 2004 to March 2005, Ambassador Mérorès served as his country’s Chargé d’Affaires at Haiti’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. From April 2001 to March 2004, he served as a consultant on management and economic cooperation issues for several United Nations entities, including the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Mr. Mérorès was associated with the UNDP for many years, beginning in 1974. From September 1992 to March 2001, he was a Principal Counsellor for UNDP working with the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). From 1984 to 1992, he was UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative for Liberia, Mali and Cameroon, and in 1989 and 1992, he was also responsible for the UNDP offices in Gabon and Burundi. From 1978 to 1984, he was UNDP’s Assistant Resident Representative in Togo and Madagascar, and worked in UNDP’s office in Rwanda as Programme Officer from 1974 to 1978.

In 1964, Mr. Mérorès received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Law School of the State University of Haiti and an Accountant’s diploma from Ecole de Commerce Maurice Laroche in Port-au-Prince. In 1969, he obtained a Master’s degree in economic science and in 1973, a PhD in economics, both from New York University.