Miguel Ángel Moratinos

H.E. Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General holding the post of the High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) since January 2019.

Mr. Moratinos has committed his professional and political career to international relationships and development cooperation, notably as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain from 2004 to 2010. Between 1987 and 2004, he served as Deputy Director General for Northern Africa (1987-1991), Director of the Institute of Cooperation with the Arab World (1991-1993), Director General of Foreign Policy for Africa and the Middle East (1993-1996), Ambassador of Spain to Israel (1996), and the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process (1996-2003). As the top diplomat in Spain, , he represented his country presiding over the UN Security Council in 2004, holding the chairmanships-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and the Council of the European Union. Mr. Moratinos succeeded in fostering the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

During 2013-2018, Mr. Moratinos was the Honorary Chairman of the CIRSD Board of Advisers (Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development), Senior Advisor of Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

In recognition for his distinguished achievements, Mr. Moratinos received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Saint-Petersburg, Malta, as well as Ben-Gurion, Al-Quds and Tel Aviv universities. He held honorary positions as the President of REDS, the Spanish network for Sustainable development affiliated to SDSN, and the President of the Trobades Literàries Mediterràneas Association and the Trobades Albert Camus Award. Most recently on 19 March 2019, Mr. Moratinos was awarded with the "League of Arab States"Award by Mr. Ahmed Abulgheit, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States in aceremony in Madrid in recognition for his role in strengthening Arab-Spanish relations.