Profiles of Presidents-designate
of the Conference

30 August 2007



HE Dr Ursula Plassnik, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Austria

HE Dr Ursula Plassnik Minister of Foreign Affairs, Austria

Her Excellency Dr Ursula Plassnik and His Excellency Bruno Stagno Ugarte have been appointed as Presidents-designate of the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The Conference will formally elect the President at its opening session.

Her Excellency Dr Ursula Plassnik was named Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs in October 2004 as the second female Foreign Minister in Austria's history. In March 2007, she was re-appointed as Federal Minister for European and International Affairs.

From 1997 to 2004, Dr Plassnik served in the Federal Chancellery, first as Chef de Cabinet for Vice-Chancellor and, from 2000, Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel.

From 1994 to 2000, she served in the Foreign Ministry's Directorate for Economic Policy and EU Coordination and ultimately as head of the Directorate for General Affairs Council and the European Council.

From 1990 to 1993, Dr Plassnik worked in the EFTA Secretariat Office of the Secretary General to promote cooperation between EFTA and the European Parliament.

Since beginning her career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1981, Dr Plassnik had several postings abroad (i.e. as Ambassador to Switzerland and Spain). She served as Austrian Representative to the Council of Europe from 1987 to 1990.

Dr Plassnik received her Law Degree from the University of Vienna in 1978 and earned a post-graduate diploma from the College d'Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

30 August 2007



HE Bruno Stagno Ugarte Minister of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica

HE Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Worship, Costa Rica

Her Excellency Dr Ursula Plassnik and His Excellency Bruno Stagno Ugarte have been appointed as Presidents-designate of the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The Conference will formally elect the President at its opening session.

His Excellency Mr Bruno Stagno Ugarte assumed his position as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship in May 2006. Simultaneously, he is serving as the President of the Assembly of State Parties at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, 2005-2008.

He served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York 2002 - 2006. Before that, he was Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship 1998 - 2000.

In the context of the United Nations, Mr Stagno Ugarte served as Co-Chair of the UN General Assembly for the Outcome Document of the High-Level Plenary Meeting in 2005; of the XI and XII UN Commissions on Sustainable Development in 2003-2004; and of the UN's First Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms and Light Weapons in 2003.

Mr Stagno Ugarte earned his BA in Political Science from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He then received an MA in Political Science from the Sorbonne in Paris before being awarded a Master in Public Policy degree from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School in 2001.