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Oral history interview with Gert Rosenthal, 2001

Creator: Rosenthal, Gert
Project: United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP).
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Phys. Desc. :sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Foreign minister, Guatemala

Scope and Contents

Early years: born in Amsterdam, raised in Guatemala; undergraduate and graduate studies in development economics at University California Berkley; Career: first job in Guatemala's Ministry of Planning; head of an economic integration research project in Central America thru UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); job with the Central American Common Market secretariat, Secretaría Permanente del Tratado General de Integración Económica Centroamericana (SIECA); 1974 director of Mexico office for UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); 1988-97 Executive secretary of ECLAC; 1999-2004 Guatemala's permanent representative to the UN; 2006 Guatemala's foreign minister; Themes: Central American economic integration and industrialization; development and the public sector; admiration for Raúl Prebisch, UNCTAD Secretary-General; import substitution; ECLAC secretariat reformist and nationalist in Chile; "Group of High-Level Experts" commission; G-77 militancy and North-South tensions; Chile's influence on ECLAC secretariat; US opposition to ECLAC formation; ECLAC's focus on the environment and development; gender equality and social justice; academia and the UN; lack of accountability and poor intergovernmental structure at the UN; UN bilateral and multilateral experience; efficacy of past and current Secretary Generals


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Copyright by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2001

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