Antonio Patriota

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Antonio Patriota
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Permanent Representative of Brazil in the United Nations
In office
27 August 2013 – November 2016
Nominated by Dilma Rousseff
Preceded by Luiz Alberto Figueiredo
Succeeded by Mauro Vieira
Minister of External Relations of Brazil
In office
1 January 2011 – 26 August 2013
President Dilma Rousseff
Preceded by Celso Amorim
Succeeded by Luiz Alberto Figueiredo
Personal details
Born (1954-04-27) April 27, 1954 (age 63)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Spouse(s) Tania Cooper Patriota
Residence Brasília, Brazil
Profession diplomat

Antonio de Aguiar Patriota (born April 27, 1954 in Rio de Janeiro) is the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations and former Minister of External Relations. Patriota took office as foreign minister on January 1, 2011 and remained in office until August 26, 2013.

A graduate in philosophy from the University of Geneva and later international relations by the Rio Branco Institute, Patriota has taken prominent positions within the foreign service such as Brazil's ambassador to the United States between 2007 and 2009, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs of the Ministry of External Relations, Cabinet Chief of Foreign Minister Chancellor Celso Amorim and Secretary General of the Ministry of External Relations. He was replaced as Minister of External Relations by Luiz Figueiredo. This replacement was caused by Patriota's deemed responsibility in the operation that transported Bolivian Senator Roger Pinto Molina from the Brazilian Embassy in La Paz to the Brazilian border. Senator Molina had sought refuge in the Brazilian Embassy for 15 months.[1][2]


Positions held within the foreign service[edit]

  • 1979-1982 - Diplomat at the United Nations office in Brasília
  • 1990-1992 - Diplomat at the Foreign Policy Secretariat of the Ministry of External Relations
  • 1992-1994 - Diplomatic Adviser to the Presidency
  • 1994-1999 - Diplomatic Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations in New York
  • 1999-2003 - Minister at the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations in Geneva
  • 2003-2004 - Secretary of Diplomatic Planning of the Ministry of External Relations
  • 2004-2005 - Cabinet Chief of the Minister of External Relations
  • 2005-2007 - Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the Ministry of External Relations
  • 2007-2009 - Ambassador of Brazil in Washington
  • 2009-2010 - Secretary General of Foreign Affairs of Brazil
  • 2011-2013 - Minister of Foreign Relations of Brazil


Antonio de Aguiar Patriota was born in Rio de Janeiro on April 27, 1954. He was Deputy Foreign Minister from October 2009 to December 2010; Ambassador of Brazil to the United States from 2007 to 2009; Under Secretary General for Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry from 2005 to 2007; Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister, in 2004; and Secretary for Diplomatic Planning at the Foreign Ministry, in 2003.

Overseas, he also served at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva (1999-2003), having acted for two years as Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization; at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1994-1999), where he was a member of the Brazilian Delegation to the U.N. Security Council; at the Embassies of Brazil in Caracas (1988-1990) and Beijing (1987-1988); and at Brazil’s Permanent Mission in Geneva (1983-1987).

From 1992 to 1994, he was Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to then President Itamar Franco.

He graduated from Brazil’s Diplomatic Academy, the Rio Branco Institute, in 1979. His thesis for the Advanced Studies Course at the Rio Branco Institute, titled “The Security Council After the Gulf War: articulating a new paradigm for collective security”, was published in 1988.

Minister Antonio Patriota is married to Tania Cooper Patriota, who is currently the Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Bogotá and Caracas, and they have two sons, Miguel and Thomas.


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