Born in July 1955, Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado is a career diplomat. Before his assignment as Permanent Representative to the United Nations, he served as Under Secretary for Environment, Energy, Science and Technology at the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil since 2011.
At the Ministry, he has previously been Director-General of the Department for Environment and Special Affairs and headed the Divisions on Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development and the Division on Sea, Antarctic and Outer Space Affairs.
Ambassador Figueiredo Machado was posted to New York (UN, 1986-1989), Santiago (1989-1992), Washington (1996-1999), Ottawa (1999-2002) and Paris (UNESCO, 2003-2005).
He participated as Delegate or Head of Delegation in several multilateral meetings since 1981 in the areas of environment and sustainable development, disarmament and international security, law of the sea, Antarctica, outer space, health and labour. He headed the Brazilian negotiating team for many years in international meetings and conferences on environmental issues, especially those on climate change and biodiversity.
He holds a degree in Law from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro.