The new Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra Velásquez, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki‑moon.
Until his appointment, Mr. Meza-Cuadra was the Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Law of the Sea Affairs since 2009, holding the rank of Ambassador.
A career diplomat with 30 years in Peru’s foreign service, he also held various positions in the Foreign Ministry, including National Director of Sovereignty and Boundaries from June 2008 to July 2009, with the rank of Minister; and Director of World Trade Organization Affairs and Head of the Peruvian delegation in the negotiations for an Association Agreement with the European Unionfrom 2007 to 2008, with the same rank.
Mr. Meza-Cuadra’s service overseas included postings as Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim in London from 2004 to 2005 and again in 2007; Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization from 2006 to 2007; and Deputy Chief of Mission in the United Kingdom between 2002 and 2004.
He served as Director of Integration in the Under-Secretariat for International Economic Negotiations in 2002, holding the rank of Minister; Minister Counsellor in the Division for Political Cooperation and Integration, Under-Secretariat for America and Alternate Coordinator of the Rio Group from 2000 to 2002; as well as Minister Counsellor and Head of the United Nations Department, Under-Secretariat for Multilateral and Special Affairs, from 1999 to 2000. He was Minister Counsellor and Deputy Director for Andean Countries Affairs in the South America Division in 1999.
Mr. Meza-Cuadra’s early overseas service included postings as Counsellor at the Embassy in the United States between 1994 and 1999; and First Secretary in France from 1989 to 1992.
He holds a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. (1998); a Master of Arts in diplomacy and international organization management from the University of Paris XI (1985); a Diploma in international political affairs from the International Institute of Public Administration, Paris (1984-1985); and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Peru (1982).
Born in Lima, Peru, on 17 March 1959, Mr. Meza-Cuadra is married and has two children.
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