LSE public lecture
Date: Monday 16 June 2008
Venue: Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building
Speaker: Patricia Espinosa Cantellano
Chair: Professor George Philip
Patricia Espinosa Cantellano is Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs, a position she has held since December 2006. Prior to this she served as Mexican Ambassador to Austria and as Permanent Representative to International Organizations based in Vienna. She obtained a BA in International Relations at El Colegio de México, and undertook postgraduate studies in International Law at the University Institute of International Advanced Studies in Geneva.
She joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1981 and from 1982 to 1988 she was responsible for economic issues in Mexico's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. From 1989 to 1991, she served as Coordinator of Advisors to the Under-Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. From 1991 to 1993, she was Director of International Organizations. From February 1993 to 1997, she was attached to Mexico's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. She was responsible for issues concerning the Third Commission of the United Nations General Assembly: Drug trafficking, Human Rights, Social Development, Women's Progress and the Promotion and Protection of Children's Rights, among other social issues.
She was elected President of the Third Commission during the 60th Period of Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, a post she held from September 1996 to September 1997. From 1997 to 1999, she was Director General of American Regional Organizations and Mechanisms, National Coordinator for the Río Group, the Latin American Summit, the Summit of the Americas, the Latin American, Caribbean and European Union Summit. In 1999, when Mexico occupied the Pro Tempore Secretariat of the Rio Group, she was directly responsible for coordinating the mechanism work and negotiations with the European Union for preparing the Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean and European Union (Rio de Janeiro, June 1999) Summit. Promoted to the rank of ambassador in January 2000, she served as Mexican Ambassador to Germany from January 2001 to June 2002. She was then appointed Mexican Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to International Organisations from June 2002 to November 2006.
A copy of Secretary Espinosa's speech is now available to download using the link below.
Download: Mexico's Foreign Policy: Its role as an Emerging Power (pdf)