1 October 2013
Jorge Valero, the new Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Prior to his appointment in Geneva, Mr. Valero served as the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations in New York since 2008. He served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs to North America from 2010 to 2012 and as Deputy Foreign and Multilateral Affairs Minister from 2006 to 2010. Between 2001 and 2008, he served as the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the Organization of American States.
A career diplomat, Mr. Valero has carried out many different duties for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including as Governor before the OPEC Fund for International Development and President of the Preparatory Commission for the II OPEC Summit in 2000. From 1999 to 2001 he served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Relations. Prior to that, he was the President of the Social Debt Commission of the Latin American Parliament. Mr. Valero’s first assignment with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was as Ambassador of Venezuela to the Republic of Korea from 1995 to 1997. He started his career as a professor of under graduate studies at the Universidad de los Andes and then as a professor of graduate studies at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Mr. Valero has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the Universidad de los Andes, in Mérida, Venezuela, and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of London. He is the author and co-author of several books and essays on diplomacy and Venezuela’s political role. In 2001, he received the Municipal Literature Award: Historical Investigation.
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