Luis Almagro

Luis Almagro was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States in 2015 on a mandate of “more rights for more people.”

A career diplomat, Almagro served as Foreign Minister of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015, and was elected to the Senate of Uruguay in 2014. His time at the helm of Uruguayan diplomacy was characterized by human rights activism at home and abroad, Uruguay’s entry into non-traditional markets, and the strengthening of Uruguay’s image as an increasingly democratic, tolerant, and diverse country.

Almagro was an active participant in the consolidation of Union of South American Nations and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. He has also served as Uruguay’s Ambassador to China, as well as occupying senior posts in Germany and Iran.

In 2014, Foreign Policy magazine named him a “Leading Global Thinker”, one of only 10 decision-makers world-wide to be granted the distinction.

Speeches

Venezuela

Opening Address with Luis Almagro

Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States and former Foreign Minister of Uruguay, addresses the 10th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. On speaking out for human rights: “There is no gray area when it comes to fundamental freedoms.”