His Excellency, Mr. Luis Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Minister of External Relations of Brazil paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Thursday, 13 February 2014.

Minister Figueiredo is a Brazilian diplomat who assumed office as Minister of External Relations in August 2013.  He was first assigned to New York in 1986 and thereafter continued his professional career with diplomatic postings to Santiago,  Washington D.C., Ottawa and onward to Paris as representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.   In his home country he held many high level appointments including head of the Ministry’s Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development Divisions, and the Division on Sea, Antarctic and Outer Space Affairs, as well as Director-General in the Ministry’s Department of Environment and Special Affairs.  More recently he was appointed to the position of Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations.

He was accompanied by a high level delegation from Brazil.