Biography João Clemente Baena Soares
Founder of the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI). Ambassador João Clemente Baena Soares (in memoriam), served as Secretary General of Foreign Affairs of Brazil (1979-1984). Between 1984 and 1994, he was Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). He is founding president of the Latin American Institute of Education.
With a bachelor's degree in law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), Ambassador João Clemente Baena Soares was elected in 2009 to the Inter-American Juridical Committee (IAJC) of the OAS. For his recognized work as a jurist at the Commission on Human Rights of the United Nations (UN), in 2006 he was appointed to the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.
He holds an honorary doctorate from the Federal University of Pará and the University of Quebec in Canada.