2003: H.E. Mr. Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala)

Gert Rosenthal, President of the Economic and Social Council, and Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the United Nations, addressing the Security Council. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Permanent Representative of Guatemala, President of ECOSOC

Biography

Citizenship: Guatemala

Date of Birth: September 11, 1935

Marital Status: Married, 4 daughters

EDUCATION AND DEGREES

B.A. (Economics), University of California at Berkeley, 1957

M.A. (Economics), University of California at Berkeley, 1958

Licenciado en Ciencias Economicas, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala

Honorary Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1959-1967 Private Sector in Guatemala

1960-1964 Economist of the National Planning Secretariat, Guatemala (half-time)

1964 Representative of Guatemala on the Executive Council of the Central American common Market

1965 Chief, Economic Development Division, National Planning Secretariat, Guatemala

1966-1967 Officer in charge of external financing, Ministry of Finance, Guatemala (half-time)

1968 Assistant to the Secretary-General, Secretariat of the Central American Common Market (SIECA)

1969-1970 Secretary General (rank of Minister) of the National National Planning Secretariat, Guatemala

1971 Fellow, Adlai Stevenson Institute for International Affairs, Chicago, Illinois (On Campus of University of Chicago)

1972-1973 Project Director, United Nations Conference on On trade and Development, based in Guatemala City And designed to promote the Central American Common Market

1973-1974 Secretary General 8rank of Minister) of the National Planning Secretariat, Guatemala

1974-1985 Director, Subregional Office in Mexico of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Jurisdiction over Mexico, Central America, Panama, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti, with a staff of approximately 80 persons)

1985-1987 Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Santiago, Chile

1988-1997 Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (with rank of Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, supervising a staff of over 700 persons)

1998 Member of the oversight Commission of the Guatemalan Peace Accords

1999- Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the United Nations

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

1969-1974 Professor of Public Finance and Economic Development, Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala

PUBLICATIONS

Numerous publications on development issues between 1960 and 2000

Statements

  • Remarks at the End of the Term as President of the Economic and Social Council [ English | Espanol ] (21 January 2004)