February 27, 2024

Senate Committee Approves Brazil’s 1st Female Ambassador to US | principle

Maria Luisa Ribeiro Viotti in a picture taken in 2011 — Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debape

After the sabbatical, the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs (CRE) this Thursday (11) approved the nomination of Maria Luisa Ribeiro Viotti to occupy the post of Ambassador of Brazil to the United States. She is the first woman to hold this position.

His name still needs to be approved by the full assembly of the council to become official as the diplomat heading the embassy in Washington.

The rapporteur for the Commission on Appointments is Senator Mara Cabrilli (PSDB-SP), who characterized the Chancellor’s appointment as a “historic milestone for Idamaratti”.

“This is the first time in the country’s diplomatic history that a woman heads this position, reinforcing efforts for greater gender representation in the most relevant positions in the Brazilian Foreign Service. In this sense, we welcome and believe in this appointment. It opens the way to increase the participation of women in the most strategic Brazilian embassies for the national interest,” he said. The MP pointed out.


Maria Luiza Viotti, 69, holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Brasilia. It has a career span of 47 years. He rose to the rank of Minister of First Class in 2006. Internationally, he stood out for the following positions:

  • Minister-Counselor at the Mission to the United Nations, New York (1999-2004);
  • Ambassador Permanent Representative in Mission to the United Nations (2007-2013);
  • Head of the Brazilian Delegation to the UN Security Council (2010-2011);
  • President of the UN Security Council (2011);
  • Brazilian Ambassador to Germany (2013-2016);
  • Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres (2017-2022).
  • Maria Luisa Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil has been appointed as the future Chief of Staff of the UN Secretary-General.

Other symptoms

Eight other recommendations, all from male diplomats, were endorsed by the commission and are followed for fuller analysis:

  • Sergio Franca Danes, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations;
  • Julio Glinternick Bitelli, Ambassador of Brazil to Argentina;
  • Ricardo Neiva Tavares, Ambassador of Brazil to France;
  • Everton Vieira Vargas, Brazilian Ambassador to the Vatican and Malta;
  • Cristian Vargas, Ambassador of Brazil to Cuba;
  • Kenneth Félix Haczynski da Nóbrega, Ambassador of Brazil to India;
  • Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto, Ambassador of Brazil to Egypt;
  • Michael Arslanian Neto is Permanent Representative of Brazil to the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada.