Organizers of the Ambassador Lecture Series invite media to cover an address by His Excellency Piragibe dos Santos Tarragô, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada.

Ambassador Tarragô will speak at the CIGI Campus in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on Thursday, October 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. With a distinguished career in Brazil’s Foreign Service, including United Nations postings in New York, London and Geneva, His Excellency will address the topic of Brazil and its prospects for the future. The topic of the address comes at an important time in Brazil’s history, as the country continues its evolution as an integral regional and international player and prepares to host major international events in the coming years. The lecture will be webcast to a live global audience.

The Ambassador Lecture Series, Waterloo’s premier forum for global affairs is organized by the University of Waterloo, presented at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, CIGI campus.

Media wishing to cover this address are asked to register in advance with CIGI Communications Specialist Kevin Dias, at 519-885-2444, ext. 7238 or [email protected].

WHO: His Excellency Piragibe dos Santos Tarragô, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada

WHAT: Address on Brazil and its prospects for the future

WHERE: CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2


WHEN: 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012

MEDIA CONTACTS:                                                      
Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]

Pamela Smyth, Media Relations Office, University of Waterloo
Tel: 519.888.4777, Email: [email protected]

About His Excellency Piragibe Dos Santos Tarragô:  Ambassador of Brazil to Canada since February 2011, His Excellency Piragibe dos Santos Tarragô has been a career diplomat since 1975. His postings abroad include Maputo (1976), the United Nations, New York (1979-1982 and 2006-2009), Ottawa (1983-1985), Geneva (1990-1993), Caracas (1993-1997) and London (1999-2003). At the Ministry of External Affairs in Brazil, he headed the Trade on High Technology Goods Division, the Trade Policy Division and the Department of Economic Affairs. He has also served as Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs III (Africa and the Middle East). His Excellency Piragibe dos Santos Tarragô has worked mostly in economic matters in his functions in the Ministry of External Relations. He was the main negotiator for Brazil in the NAMA negotiations in the Doha Round (2003-2005) and in the TRIPs negotiations in the Uruguay Round (1987-1993). He was spokesman for the producing countries at the International Coffee Organization (1999-2003). He was also Brazilian delegate to many negotiations at the United Nations, including, inter alia, General Assembly, Security Council Reform, Peacebuilding Commission, ECOSOC, UNCTAD, Group of 77, South-South Cooperation, as well as at the GATT and WIPO.

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