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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile

Contact

Address: Teatinos 180, Santiago, Chile

Tel.: 0056 (-2) 2827 4200

E-mail: Request Form

www.minrel.gob.cl

The Minister

Minister Heraldo Muñoz Valenzuela

Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Minister Heraldo Muñoz has a PhD in International Studies from the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He also holds a Diploma in International Relations from the Catholic University of Chile, and a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Minister Heraldo Muñoz, was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Michelle Bachelet on March 11, 2014.

He previously served as Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the United Nations Development Programme (May 2010 - February 2014). 

Minister Muñoz served as Ambassador-Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations from 2003 to 2010. He was the Chairman of the UN Peace-building Commission, Facilitator of the UN Security Council Reform Consultations (2007-2008), and President of the UN Security Council (2004). Furthermore, from February 2009 to April 2010, he served as Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister.

Minister Muñoz has held several positions in the Government of Chile, including Minister Secretary General of Government (2002-2003), Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs (2000-2002), Ambassador of Chile to Brazil (1994-1998) and Ambassador of Chile to the Organization of American States (1990-1994). He was an active participant in the dissident movement against the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1989), serving as a leading member of the Socialist Party, co-founder of the Party for Democracy, and member of the Executive Committee of the NO Campaign that defeated General Pinochet in a 1988 plebiscite.

He has written various books on Inter-American relations and security, Latin American foreign relations, democracy and human rights, multilateral affairs, and international political economy. His book of memoirs, The Dictator's Shadow, won the 2009 WOLA-Duke University Book Award for the best current, non-fiction book published in English on human rights, democracy and social justice in Latin America.

About

Vision
To implement an active diplomacy that promotes regional integration through initiatives and alliances that seek convergence among states.

Mission
The mission includes the promotion and protection of civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights of women, children, indigenous peoples, minorities and other vulnerable groups.

Core Values

  • Promotion of democracy and respect for human rights: Chile promotes and works for the protection of human rights. 
  • Multilateral Policy Division: the responsibility to actively participate to the United Nations Fora.
  • Respect for International Law: validity of, and the respect for, treaties. Peaceful settlement of disputes. Territorial integrity and independence and sovereignty.
  • Multilateral promotion of the Human Security.
  • Bilateral bonding and cooperation on defense and preservation of the security of electronic, cyber and communications.