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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, Octavio Errazuriz Guilisasti, presented his credentials today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Mr. Errazuriz — currently an adviser to the Copesa Group (Consorcio Periodístico de Chile) — entered the Chilean Foreign Service in 1963 and served until 2001. He has also been President of the Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce since its creation in 2001, and Director of the Fundación Chilena del Pacifico.
His early service the Ministry for Foreign Affairs concerned the United Nations affairs, the Organization of American States and the Diplomatic Academy of the Arts. He was promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 1985. Among other posts in the Foreign Ministry, Mr. Errazuriz was Deputy National Coordinator of the Rio Group (2001), Director for Asia-Pacific and Oceania (2000‑2001) and Director of General Foreign Policy (1988‑1989).
During the 1980s and 1990s, he also served as the Chilean Ambassador to several countries, including China (1997‑2000) and, concurrently, Malaysia, Viet Nam and Brunei Darussalam (1994‑1997). He was also his Government’s Ambassador to the United States (1989‑1990), as well as to Ecuador (1985‑1988).
Mr. Errazuriz studied law at the University of Chile and then took courses in the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia in the United States. He was awarded a law degree on 22 January 1968 by the Supreme Court of Chile.
Born in Santiago on 30 December 1942, he is married and has two daughters.
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