Career Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations
Mario Arvelo (Santo Domingo, 1970) is a lawyer, political scientist, writer, public speaker and career diplomat. He is ambassador, permanent representative of the Dominican Republic to Rome-based United Nations agencies, and chairman of the Committee on World Food Security. Arvelo was assigned to the Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States in Washington DC, and to the Dominican embassies in Tokyo, Santiago de Chile and Rome. Since 2014, he has served as the first alternate chair of the Appeals Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), and is a member of the board and executive committee of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). During his time in Rome, Arvelo has served as Chairman of the FAO Commission on Agriculture; Chairman of the Global Soil Partnership; Chairman of the FAO Commission on Budget, Programmes and Reform; Chairman of the Group of 77; Chairman of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States; and Chairman of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries; Chairman of the Central American Integration System; Acting Chairman of the High-Level World Conference on Food Security, Climate Change Challenges and Bioenergy; Acting Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the FAO Commission for the Evaluation of Technical Cooperation Programs; and Vice-Chairman of the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean.