Rubens Ricupero

Brazil Diplomat Itamar Franco
Rubens Ricupero
Ambassador Rubens Ricúpero.jpg
Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
In office
September 15, 1995 – September 14, 2004
Secretary-GeneralBoutros Boutros-Ghali
Kofi Annan
Preceded byCarlos Fortin
Succeeded byCarlos Fortin
Minister of Finance
In office
April 5, 1994 – September 3, 1994
PresidentItamar Franco
Preceded byFernando Henrique Cardoso
Succeeded byCiro Gomes
Minister of the Environment
In office
September 16, 1993 – April 5, 1994
PresidentItamar Franco
Preceded byFernando Coutinho Jorge
Succeeded byHenrique Brandão Cavalcanti
Personal details
Born (1937-03-01) March 1, 1937 (age 83)[1]
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil[2]
Spouse(s)Marisa Parolari[2]
Alma materUniversity of São Paulo School of Law[1]

Rubens Ricupero (born March 1, 1937) is a Brazilian academic, economist, bureaucrat and diplomat. He served as the fifth Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development from September 1995 to September 2004.


Ricupero earned a Bachelor in Law from the University of São Paulo in 1959. He also studied at the Rio Branco Institute, a branch of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations.[2]


From 1979 to 1995, Ricupero taught courses in international relations at the University of Brasília; and in the same period, he also taught the history of Brazilian diplomatic relations at the Rio Branco Institute.[2]

Ricupero was Chairman of the Finance Committee at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.[3] He was the Brazilian Minister of the Environment and Amazonian Affairs, before becoming Minister of Finance in 1994.[2]

He is credited with providing continuity during the implementation of the Plano Real.[4] This plan encompassed anti-inflationary monetary reform, the introduction of the modern Brazilian real and other measures taken to stabilize the Brazilian economy.[5]

Diplomatic postings have included:

Selected works

Ricupero's published encompass 48 works in 58 publications in 4 languages and 400 library holdings.[6]



  1. ^ a b Ministry of Finance of Brazil Website (in Portuguese). Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h UNCTAD: biographical notes
  3. ^ a b Dornbusch, Rüdiger et al. (1995). Reform, Recovery, and Growth: Latin America and the Middle East., p. 172, at Google Books
  4. ^ D'Angelo, Marcello and Durval Guimarães e Marcos. "FH assinou o real fora do governo,"JB Online. 2 July 2008.
  5. ^ Ministério da Fazenda do Brazil. Exposição de Motivos da MP do Plano Real. Archived 2010-06-30 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ WorldCat Identities: Ricupero, Rubens