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Interview with H. E. Ambassador Luis Alfonso De Alba

30-09-2008 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 871

Luis Alfonso De Alba was the first President of the United Nations Human Rights Council and held this mandate from 19 June 2006 to 18 June 2007. During that period, the Council was entrusted by the General Assembly with the task of designing the new institutions of the international human rights system, while at the same time fulfilling its mandate to protect and promote human rights.

Ambassador Luis Alfonso De Alba was the first president of the United Nations Human Rights Council and held this mandate from 19 June 2006 to 18 June 2007. During that period the Council was entrusted by the General Assembly with the task of designing the new institutions of the international human rights system, while at the same time fulfilling its mandate to protect and promote human rights. Ambassador De Alba joined the Mexican foreign service in 1981 and since 2004 has been the permanent representative of Mexico at the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. Throughout his career he has participated in numerous multilateral meetings, both at global and regional levels. Among other posts, he was chairman of the Council of the International Organization for Migrations (IOM) at its 88th and 89th sessions (November 2004 to November 2005) and presided over the Disarmament and International Security Committee (First Committee) of the General Assembly during its 59th Session (2004).

 The interview was held on 24 July 2008 by Tony Pfanner, Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of the Red Cross.  

 


 
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