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“Diplomatic Paths” lecture with ambassador João Clemente Baena Soares

The Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG), its Institute for Research on International Relations (IPRI) and the Rio Branco Institute (IRBr) held, on June 28, 2019, at the IRBr auditorium, the “Diplomatic Paths” lecture with former Secretary-General of Itamaraty and former Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador João Clemente Baena Soares.

Born in Belém do Pará in 1931, Baena Soares graduated in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and holds a PhD in Public Law from the National Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (FND-UFRJ).

During his presentation, Ambassador João Clemente discussed some of the most memorable aspects of his long career with Itamaraty, which began in 1952. He was Head of the Department of International Organizations, Special Secretary for Political and Economic Affairs of the Multilateral International Area and Secretary-General of Foreign Affairs from 1979 up to when he began his first term as Secretary-General of the OAS, in June 1984. In the two elections held for this position, in 1984 and 1989, he received unanimous support. He was also member of the UN International Law Commission.

The event was hosted by the Director of IRBr, Ambassador Gisela Maria Figueiredo Padovan; the Director of IPRI, Ambassador Maria Stela Pompeu Brasil Frota; and the President of FUNAG, Minister Roberto Goidanich.

Watch the full lecture (Portuguese only).

Photos: Ricardo Padue.

For more photos of the event, visit FUNAG’s Flickr profile.

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