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Oral history interview with Rubens Ricupero, 2003

Creator: Ricupero, Rubens
Project: United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP).
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 76 pages Sound recording: 2 digital audio tapes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Scope and Contents

Background and childhood: born 1937 in Sao Paulo, Brazil to parents of Italian origin, involvement in militant Catholic movement as a teen, literary influences of Catholic thinkers; education: elementary and post-University studies in Brazil, interest in literature; career: minister of finance of Brazil, minister for the environment and Amazonian affairs, diplomat at Ministry of External Relations, 1966-1985, diplomat in Vienna, 1963-66, diplomat in Buenos Aires, 1966-69, diplomat in Ecuador, 1969-71, University of Brasilia professor of international relations, 1979-95, Rio Branco Institute professor of history of Brazilian diplomatic relations, founding member and first president of Fernand Braudel Institute, deputy chief of staff to Brazilian president, 1985, special advisor in international affairs, ambassador to Italy, ambassador to the United States, ambassador to the United Nations [UN] in Geneva, chairman of the Finance Committee at UN Conference on the Environment and Development, governor for Brazil at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund [IMF], African Development Bank, headed Brazilian delegations to the Conference on Disarmament, UN Human Rights Commission, secretary-general of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development [UNCTAD], 1995-2004; personal: recollections of WWII, return of democracy to Brazil, Suez crisis, Cuban Revolution, influences of Hélder Câmara, recollections of Brazil as a military regime, colleague reminiscences; interests: Catholic literature, studies of African religion in Brazil, economic development


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Copyright by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2003

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