Gert Rosenthal was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations on May 7, 2008.
Rosenthal has been Guatemala’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations since December 1998. Prior to taking up that position, he served on the Follow-up Commission of the Guatemalan Peace Accords. From 1988 to 1997, he was Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). He joined that United Nations regional commission in 1974 as Director of its Mexico office, and in 1987 was appointed its Deputy Executive Secretary.
Mr. Rosenthal held various positions in Guatemala’s national public administration since joining its Secretariat of Economic Planning in 1960. From 1969 to 1971, and again in 1973 through 1974 he was Minister of Planning. Between 1969 and 1970, he was the Secretary-General of his country’s National Council for Economic Planning.
In 1971 he was a Fellow for the Adlai Stevenson Institute for International Affairs in Chicago. He holds a bachelors degree and a masters degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1970 to 1974, he was Professor of Public Finance and Economic Development at the Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala.
He was born on September 11, 1935, is married and has four daughters.
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