Heraldo Muñoz

Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz is the Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations. He was President of the Security Council in January 2004 and Chairman of the Security Council Sanctions Committee on Al-Qaida and the Taliban in 2003 and 2004. He also served as Minister Secretary-General and Deputy Foreign Minister in the administration of Chilean President Ricardo Lagos.

Latin America is the region in the developing world where democracy is now almost universal. Its roots, however, are weak. Latin America has a population of approximately 550 million people, of which about 44 per cent live under the poverty line and 18 per cent are affected by extreme poverty.