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Antonia Urrejola takes office as Minister of Foreign Affairs together with Undersecretaries Ximena Fuentes and José Miguel Ahumada

Friday, March 11, 2022

In the ceremony of transmission of power that initiated the Government of President Gabriel Boric Font, held today in the Hall of Honor of the National Congress, Antonia Urrejola Noguera took office as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, for the period 2022-2026.

Lawyer from the Universidad de Chile, the Chancellor has a distinguished career in the field of Human Rights, both nationally and internationally.

In the last three years she was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an entity that she eventually chaired. She has also been an advisor to the Government of Chile in different periods, in matters related to human rights, indigenous peoples' rights, childhood, sexual diversity and environment.

She served as senior advisor to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), where she coordinated and liaised between the General Secretariat and the organs of the inter-American system. 

She has also been a consultant and advisor to the United Nations Development Program, the International Labor Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as independent consultant on public policy, indigenous law and the Inter-American human rights system. She was advisor to the Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency on human rights issues and ILO Convention 169.

Ximena Fuentes takes office as Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs

During the ceremony, Ximena Fuentes Torrijo took office as Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for the next four years.

Lawyer, Bachelor of Law and Social Sciences from the University of Chile and PhD in International Law from the University of Oxford, she has served since 2016 as Agent of Chile before the International Court of Justice, in the Case on the status and use of the Silala River waters.

For four years, she was counsel to Chile in the lawsuit filed by Peru before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Subsequently, she served as executive coordinator of Chile's defense in the case of Bolivia v. Chile, Obligación de Negociar un Acceso al Océano Pacífico (Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean).

She is a professor of Public International Law at the Universidad de Chile and has taught at the Universidad de Talca, the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and in the Master of International Law at the University of Heidelberg in Latin America.

Until her appointment, the new Undersecretary served as National Director of State Borders and Boundaries.

José Miguel Ahumada becomes Undersecretary for International Economic Relations

José Miguel Ahumada assumed the position of Undersecretary of International Economic Relations for this government.

Political scientist from Universidad Diego Portales, he holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, a Master's degree in International Economics and Development from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a Master's degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. 

With an important career in international relations, the Undersecretary was a professor at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, Universidad Diego Portales and Universidad de Chile. He also served as an academic at Universidad Alberto Hurtado.