Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Costa Rica


Address: Avenida 7-9, Calle 11-13 San José

Tel.: + (506) 2539-5305(11) 4819-7000


The Minister

Minister Manuel Gonzáles Sanz

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship

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Mr. Manuel Gonzáles Sanz held a Degree in Law at Universidad de Costa Rica and a Master's in Law from the Columbia University Law School. Mr. Manuel Gonzáles Sanz, in the period 1992 – 1994, was Special advisor for the vice President of Costa Rica, where he coordinated relations with Multilateral Financial Institutions and cooperation agencies. Manuel Gonzáles Sanz, has occupied the position of Ambassador of Costa Rica to the UN and its specialized organizations in Geneva between 2002 and 2004; Mr. Manuel Gonzáles headed Costa Rica’s delegations to meetings, assemblies and working groups in Geneva, including among other international organizations, the following: International Labor Organization, International Migrants Organization, World Health Organization, Conference on Disarmament, World Intellectual Property Organization, International Telecommunications Union, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, World Meteorology Organization and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

As the responsible for the delegation he participated actively in the 59th and 60th Commission on Human Rights, CHR, in 2003 and 2004.

From 2004 to 2006, he was Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, Led, managed, defined and executed external trade and investment policies of the Republic of Costa Rica. Implemented free trade agreements ratified by the country.  Mr. Gonzáles led political efforts seeking approval of DR-CAFTA with the United States of America and conducted multilateral trade negotiations in the context of the World Trade Organization. He is also an active member of WTO’s Director General Consultative Group, a group of 25 Trade Ministers out of 150 members; and of Chaired Board of Directors of Procomer, Costa Rica’s External Trade Promotion Agency.


Strengthening multilateralism and international law. Promoting the values of peace according to the principles of international peace and the democratic form of government and respect for human rights. Promoting the democratization in international organizations.

Create a foreign policy strategy for the promotion of Argentina and its integration in the world.

Core Values

  • Human rights: is a central aspect of Argentine foreign policy. The Argentinean Ministry underlines the importance of working with other actors of the national and international human rights system for the purpose of promoting actions that lead to specific progress in the enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms— such as: civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.
  • Patriotism: the government intends to recover the Malvinas islands peacefully in accordance with the principles of international law and into the interests of its population.
  • Integration: regional integration with Latin American and the Caribbean is on the Argentinean political agenda. Argentina proposes itself to follow the principles of MERCOSUR, the pillars of Argentina’s foreign policy.  
  • Investment and Trade: increase bilateral and multilateral trade relations.
  • Culture: promote the image of the Republic of Argentina internationally and its national culture and traditions.