Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations
Néstor Osorio Londoño
Néstor Osorio is "Bachiller" of the School Gimansio Campestre of Bogotá (1965). He graduated as Doctor in Law from the University del Rosario in Bogotá (1970). Then he took post-graduate studies in Public Law and obtained in 1974 the title of Doctor in Administrative Law at L'Université de Droit, d'Economie et de Sciences Sociales de Paris. He also obtained the Diploma of the International Institute of Public Administration (MSc) in Paris.
From 1974 to 1978, he held the posts of Legal Advisor, Secretary General and Deputy Director at the Colombian Planning Department. Between 1978 and 1982 he was Deputy of the Permanent Delegation of Colombia to the International Coffee Organization in London and subsequently; from 1982 to 1994 he was the Head of the Delegation. From 1992 to 1994 Mr. Osorio was also the Director of the European office of the Colombian Coffee Federation in Brussels. During this period he also represented Colombia to both the International Cocoa and the International Sugar Organisations and at several Conferences of the United Nations, UNCTAD and GATT-WTO
From 1994 to 1999 he was the first Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In this capacity he served as Chairman of the WTO Trade Policy Review Body; Chairman of the International Textiles and Clothing Bureau and Chairman of the WTO Committee on Agriculture. As Chief Trade Negotiator, Ambassador OSORIO was actively involved in Ministerial Conferences and many multilateral trade negotiations.
Subsequent to relinquishing his position as Ambassador, he assisted developing countries on the preparation of trade negotiations in agriculture in his capacity as international consultant of F.A.O. and UNCTAD and WTO. Between 2000-2002 he was Special Advisor of the Colombian Government on coffee and trade affairs.
On 1 March 2002 he was appointed Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization. In May 2007 the International Coffee Council re appointed him until 2012.
In 2010 Mr. Osorio was designated as Ambassador Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations in New York.