Federico Villegas Beltrán (born 24 March 1966) is an Argentine career diplomat, currently serving as president of the United Nations Human Rights Council during the year 2022. Villegas previously served as Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations Office at Geneva from 2020, and as ambassador of Argentina to Mozambique from 2016 to 2020.
|President of the United Nations Human Rights Council|
|Assumed office |
1 January 2022
|Preceded by||Nazhat Shameem|
|Born||24 March 1966|
Santiago del Estero, Argentina
|Alma mater||National University of Rosario|
Early life and educationEdit
Villegas was born on 24 March 1966 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. He studied law at the National University of Rosario, graduating in 1989, and later attained a cum laude Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Georgetown University. His final dissertation was on "Co-operative Security in the post-Cold War".
He has taught courses on international public law as an auxiliary professor at the National University of Rosario and at the University of Buenos Aires, and was a visiting faculty at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He participated in the United Nations Disarmament Fellowship.
Villegas entered the Argentine foreign service in 1993, when he graduated from the Instituto del Servicio Exterior de la Nación (ISEN). From 1993 to 1995, he formed part of the Foreign Ministry's Directorate for International Security, Nuclear and Space Affairs. He additionally served as alternate representative to the Organization of American States from 1995 to 2003. Later, from 2005 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2015, he was the Argentine MFA's Director General for Human Rights.
Villegas headed the Argentine MFA's project to establish the first National Programme against Discrimination, in co-operation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was also involved in the establishment of the Mercosur Centre of Human Rights Public Policy (IPPDH) and the UNESCO International Centre for Human Rights, both of which are headquartered in Argentina. In 2016, he was designated as Argentina's first ambassador to Mozambique, serving in the position until 2020. During his tenure, he inaugurated Argentina's diplomatic headquarters in Maputo, and participated in the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme as Argentina headed the international experts group which led to the 2019 Peace and Reconciliation Accord.
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- Presentación Embajador en Mozambique [Introduction Ambassador to Mozambique] (Video) (in Spanish). Facebook. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
- "Human Rights Council elects Federico Villegas of Argentina as its president for 2022". OHCHR.org. 6 December 2021. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
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