Oral history interview with Gert Rosenthal, 2001


Rosenthal, Gert (Interviewee)
Weiss, Thomas G. (Thomas George), 1946- (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Gert Rosenthal, 2001
Early years: born in Amsterdam, raised in Guatemala; undergraduate and graduate studies in development economics at University California Berkley; Career: first job in Guatemala's Ministry of Planning; head of an economic integration research project in Central America thru UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); job with the Central American Common Market secretariat, Secretaría Permanent e del Tratado General de Integración Económica Centroamericana (SIECA); 1974 director of Mexico office for UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); 1988-97 Executive secretary of ECLAC; 1999-2004 Guatemala's permanent representative to the UN; 2006 Guatemala's foreign minister; Themes: Central American economic integration and industrialization; development and the public sector; admiration for Raúl Prebisch, UNCTAD Secretary-General; import substitution; ECLAC secretariat reformist and nationalist in Chile; "Group of High-Level Experts" commission; G-77 militancy and North-South tensions; Chile's influence on ECLAC secretariat; US opposition to ECLAC formation; ECLAC's focus on the environment and development; gender equality and social justice; academia and the UN; lack of accountability and poor intergovernmental structure at the UN; UN bilateral and multilateral experience; efficacy of past and current Secretary Generals
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United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP)
Foreign ministers--Guatemala; Women--Government policy--Latin America; Women--Government policy--Caribbean Area; Environmental policy--Latin America; Social justice--Economic aspects--Latin America; Central America Economic integration; Latin America Economic policy; Rosenthal, Gert; United Nations Officials and employees; United Nations. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; United Nations History; Permanent Secretariat of the General Treaty for Central American Economic Integration; Group of 77
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Foreign minister, Guatemala
Interviewed by Thomas G. Weiss on January 3, 2001
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Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Gift, 2009
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Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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