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Eduardo Stein

UN Special Representative for Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in the Region

Dr. Eduardo Stein is a regional leader on peace building and conflict management. Dr. Stein was Vice President of Guatemala, serving from 2004 to 2008.  During the late 1980s and early 1990s Dr. Stein was actively involved in the Esquipulas peace process in Central America, as well as in the San José Dialogue between Central America and the European Union.

As Foreign Minister under President Alvaro Arzu from 1996 to 2000, Dr. Stein participated actively in Guatemala’s Peace Process and in ensuring international support for its implementation. Following his time as Guatemala’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Stein was appointed by the Organization of American States to head the Electoral Observation Mission in Peru, between February and June of 2001. This was to cover the general elections convoked under the transitional Government of Valentin Paniagua, after the collapse of Alberto Fujimori’s Administration. He had the same responsibility during the previous year, when in 2000 he withdrew the OAS Mission before the runoff election, in protest for the serious irregularities and lack of conditions encountered.  Dr. Stein has worked with various international organizations in regional development programs promoted by the Latin American Economic System. From 1993 to 1995, he was Chief of Mission in Panama for the International Organization for Migration before becoming the Regional Project Counsellor for the whole of Central America. He was invited by Honduran President Profirio Lobo to preside over the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Honduras. After that, he continued until 2013 as an advisor under UNDP/Honduras, for the implementation of the Truth Commission´s recommendations, under the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Dr. Stein is currently the Joint Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration for Venezuelan refugees and migrants.