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Ecuador U.N. Ambassador to Speak

“Foreign Policy Challenges in Ecuador and South America”

Ecuador’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Luis Benigno Gallegos Chiriboga, will speak on “Foreign Policy Challenges in Ecuador and South America” at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham on Wednesday, March 24, 2004.

The lecture will take place in the time and location originally scheduled for Malaysia’s U.N. Ambassador Rastam Mohd Isa.

Ambassador Gallegos, who assumed his current post in 2002, began his foreign-service career in 1969 as a general assistant in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Organization of American State Department. From 1997 to 2000, he was his country’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. Office in Geneva. He also has served as Ecuador’s ambassador to El Salvador, minister in the Ecuadorian Embassy in Bulgaria, and counselor in the Embassy of Ecuador in the United States.

In addition to representing his country at many international conferences, Ambassador Gallegos has served as Vice-Chairman of the Human Rights Commission in Geneva; Vice-Chairman of the General Assembly of the Parties to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); Chairman of the Second Main Committee of the Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a New Act of the Hague Agreement, WIPO, Geneva; Vice-Chairman of the Group of 77 Meeting in Morocco; and Chairman of the Berne Union.

Mr. Gallegos received a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in 1983. He also holds a diploma from the Institute of Advanced National Studies, Ninth Course on Security and Development. He received both his law degree and his doctorate in jurisprudence from the Universidad Central, Ecuador, in 1975.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of Fairleigh Dickinson’s U.N. Pathways series presented by the Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., with light refreshments served at 6:00 p.m. It will be held in the Mansion, Lenfell Hall, at Fairleigh Dickinson’s College at Florham in Madison, NJ.

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