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Dr. Juan Francisco FACETTI - Ambassador of Paraguay

Born in Asuncion, Paraguay, on September 30th, 1965.
Married to: Fabiana Rocholl Givogre

 Diploma in Negotiation for Sustainability– Institute for Consensus Building (The Netherlands-USA, 1997)
 Master in Strategic Planning and Development – Strategic Studies Institute (Paraguay, 1995)
 Fellow Marie Curie Program (EU). Post doctorate in Environmental Chemistry – University of Antwerp (Belgium, 1994)
 Maitrise es Sciences de l’ Environnement – University of Liège (Belgium, 1992)
 Specialization in Nuclear Analytical Techniques – University of Antwerp (Belgium, 1991)
 Doctor in Biochemistry (Valedictorian) – National University of Asuncion (Paraguay, 1990)

As Civil Servant
Prof. Facetti has been President of the National Institute of Technology and Standards (INTN) from 1996 to 1997, and head of the Paraguayan Negotiation Group at the SGT-3 Technical Standards- MERCOSUR.
He was the first Minister-Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and author of its legal framework. Main negotiator of the MERCOSUR Environmental Protocol and several programs for the conservation of the Pilcomayo Basin and Guarani Aquifer.
He has also been advisor to the Vice President from 2003 to 2007 in sustainable policies and nuclear policies, being the principal Paraguayan negotiator at the diplomatic conference for the Amendment of the Convention of the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (A/CPPNM). Led the team that prepared the Zero Deforestation Law (approved by the Paraguayan congress). Through the application of this law, the government reduced the deforestation of the Atlantic Forest by 88% in just one year. He provided analytical support to the Vice President and Ministers in the design of national sustainable development policies, renewable energy policy and debt swap. He directed several task forces that evaluated diverse national and regional complex economic and social conflicts translating it into policies. Reviewed and updated governmental policies and strategies to mainstream environmental and social sustainability and governance into Government activities. Resource person for the revision of cooperation assistance, and advice on bilateral and multilateral agreements (providing strategic thinking).
He was advisor at the National Congress from 1997 to 2000 and from 2014 to 2017, and to the Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2013 and 2015 (in nuclear conventions and treaties). Author of the National Nuclear Law (approved in 2014). Prof. Facetti was also the National Defense Council’s Director General for Science and Technology between 2012 and 2013, and a nuclear
security, science and technology advisor between 2015 and 2018. During 2018 he was member of the Transition team in Foreign Relations and coordinator of the team that prepared the Program for Sustainable Development of the Elected President Mario Abdo Benitez. From August 2018 he was the principal Advisor and Counsellor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs up to the present.

As diplomat he was Chief of the Organization of American States’s Governance Programme in Haiti, Special Mission for Strengthening Democracy in Haiti (2002, 2003). Directing the Portfolio of Governance. Preparing the budget, monitoring the performance, development of the monitoring and evaluation system and ensuring efficient/effective management of the technical co-operation (TC). Coordination with the Bayeurs de Fonds for the improvement of the Portfolio Budget.
He was advisor to the Ministers of Environment or Sustainable Development of different Latin American states: Ecuador (2007), Bolivia (2006, 2007), Uruguay (2009-2010) and El Salvador 2003 and 2007.
As expert he was member of the IAEA’s Waste Safety Standards Advisory Committee (WASSAC, 2005-2007), advisor to the IAEA’s Director General and member of the Advisory Security Committee (ADVSEC, 2007-2009), and has been designated Vice President of the IAEA’s Nuclear Security Guidance Committee (NSGC) for the 2018-2020 term.

October 2018 - National Order of Merit Comuneros. Paraguayan Chamber of Representatives of the National Congress.
August 2013 – Medal of Honor. Given by the President of the Republic. National Defense Council. -Strategic Studies Institute.
1990 – Valedictorian (Summa Cum Laude). School of Chemistry. National University of Asuncion.
Association of Chemistry and Environment ACE (Luxembourg) (Board Member)
International Association of Limnology
Scientific Committee of the Safari Club International (USA)

Spanish and French (Native speaker)
English and Portuguese (Advanced speaking, reading and writing skills)
Italian (Good speaking skills, some reading and writing)


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