On 23 July 2014, the United Nations University will host a conversation on “A Rising Brazil and the Multilateral Order” with Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, former Foreign Minister of Brazil and the country’s current Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. The event will start at 6:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
Brazil’s impressive economic ascent over the past two decades has been accompanied by a rising role in global diplomacy. Indeed, Brazil has emerged as a major player on the world stage, exerting its influence on international security and global development questions through a variety of fora and institutions, including the United Nations Security Council, where it is a frequent elected member and aspirant for permanent membership. To what degree is Brazil’s growing engagement with the international system driven by an effort to adapt to it versus a desire to change it?
Ambassador Patriota will join Sebastian von Einsiedel, the Director of UNU’s newly established Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation examining the goals, ambitions and limits of Brazilian foreign policy and how its growing engagement with the world is shaping the multilateral order. They will explore in particular Brazil’s role at the United Nations, including the boundaries between sovereignty and intervention, Security Council reform, and the negotiation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 22 July) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
About the Speaker
The Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, was Minister of External Relations of Brazil from January 2011 to August 2013; Deputy Foreign Minister from October 2009 to December 2010; Ambassador of Brazil to the United States from 2007 to 2009; Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry from 2005 to 2007; Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister in 2004; and Secretary for Diplomatic Planning at the Foreign Ministry, in 2003.
Overseas, he served at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva (1999–2003), having acted for two years as Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization; at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1994–1999), where he was a member of the Brazilian Delegation to the UN Security Council; at the Embassies of Brazil in Caracas (1988–1990) and Beijing (1987–1988); and at Brazil’s Permanent Mission in Geneva (1983–1987). From 1992 to 1994, he was Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to then President Itamar Franco.
He is the author of The Security Council After the Gulf War: articulating a new paradigm for collective security, published in 1998.
2F Reception Hall
United Nations University
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