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Amb. Elayne Whyte Gomez
Position(s) Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations in Geneva

Elayne Whyte is a Costa Rican diplomat and academic. Between 2014-2020 she served as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva and in 2017 she presided over the United Nations Conference that negotiated and adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. She held different leadership positions in disarmament treaty-regimes such as the ATT, the APLMC and the CCM.  Before her posting at the U.N, Elayne Whyte was Vice Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, she worked as Executive Director of the Mesoamerica Project for Integration and Development and also has served as consultant to international organizations on regional integration, security, and human rights. She has been a Professor and Researcher at the School of International Affairs at the National University of Costa Rica, and is the author of a series of publications on regional integration, security, foreign policy and human rights issues.


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14 June 2021