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New Permanent Representative of Uruguay Presents Credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Presentation of Credentials


Carlos Mata Prates, the new Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Mata Prates held various positions in Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and represented Uruguay in many delegations and negotiations abroad.  In 2022, he served as the General Director for Border and Maritime Affairs at the Ministry.  He was the Director of the Directorate for International Law Affairs at the Ministry from 2010 to 2020, and Deputy Director of Legal Affairs from 1998 to 2008.  Concurrently, among others, he served as President and Vice-President of the Uruguayan delegation to the Joint Technical Commission of the Maritime Front (2010-2021), and President of the Advisory Commission of the Executive Branch for the Establishment of the Outer Limit of the Continental Shelf (2009-2016).

Mr. Mata Prates has participated in various international negotiations, including representing Uruguay in the negotiation of a legally binding instrument within the framework of the Law of the Sea Convention, from 2018 to 2023.  He also chaired the Uruguayan delegation that negotiated the Extradition Treaty between China and Uruguay in 2018, and the Criminal Legal Cooperation Treaty between both countries in 2023.

Mr. Mata Prates has held multiple teaching and academic roles both in Uruguay and abroad. He holds a Doctorate in Law and Social Sciences from the University of Uruguay and a master’s degree in legislation and political governance sciences from the University of Pisa in Italy.  Mr. Mata Prates has published multiple works on public international law and administrative law.


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