María Fernanda Espinosa
María Fernanda Espinosa
Espinosa in 2017
|President of the United Nations General Assembly|
|Assumed office |
18 September 2018
|Preceded by||Miroslav Lajčák|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
24 May 2017 – 11 June 2018
|Preceded by||Guillaume Long|
|Succeeded by||José Valencia|
15 January 2007 – 7 December 2007
|Preceded by||Francisco Carrión|
|Succeeded by||María Isabel Salvador|
|Minister of National Defense|
28 November 2012 – 23 September 2014
|Preceded by||Miguel Carvajal|
|Succeeded by||Fernando Cordero Cueva|
|Coordinating Minister of Heritage|
19 October 2009 – 28 November 2012
|Preceded by||Alex Rivas|
|Succeeded by||María Belén Moncayo|
|Born||September 7, 1964|
|Political party||PAIS Alliance|
|Alma mater||Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales|
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (born September 7, 1964) is an Ecuadorian politician and diplomat. She is the current President of the United Nations General Assembly for the 73rd session, office which started in September 2018. She was Minister of National Defense of Ecuador from 28 November 2012 to 23 September 2014. Currently, she is serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Lenín Moreno. She also held several other Ministerial posts before. She served as the Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations in Geneva from October 2014 to May 2017, and held the same position from 2008 to 2009. Besides her political career she is also a poet and essayist.
Espinosa was born 7 September 1964 in Salamanca, Spain during a stay of her parents in the city. She is fluent in French and English and has working knowledge of Portuguese. She has interests in poetry and ecology. She studied at Lycée La Condamine and graduated in the early 1980s.
Espinosa holds a Doctor of Philosophy in environmental geography from Rutgers University in the United States, where she was also a pre-doctoral Fellow in 1996–1997.  No register of her dissertation is to be found at ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, nor there is a title of it at Rutgers University's official website. There Espinosa has a master's degree in Social Science and Amazonic Studies. She also has a postgraduate degree in Anthropology and Political Science from the Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales in Quito and a licentiate in Applied Linguistics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. In addition to that, she won the "First National Poetry Prize of Ecuador" in 1990.
Under President Rafael Correa, Espinosa was Minister for Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Integration from January 2007 to December 2007. She was then Special Adviser to the President of the Constituent Assembly, Alberto Acosta from December 2007 to February 2008 before being appointed as Ecuador's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She presented her credentials as Permanent Representative on March 7, 2008. From October 2009 till November 2012 she was Coordinating Minister of Heritage.
In November 2012 she got the post of Minister of National Defense as incumbent Minister Miguel Carvajal stepped down to run for the National Assembly elections of 2013. She is the third female to lead the Ministry of National Defense after Guadalupe Larriva and Lorena Escudero. In March 2013 some controversy arose after television channel Ecuavisa reported there was unrest in the military concerning the promotion of certain colonels to generals. President Correa ordered Espinosa to take legal action against Ecuavisa, saying that the information Ecuavisa possessed was false. On 18 March 2013 Ecuavisa apologized and confirmed that basic verification procedures had not been followed. She resigned as Minister on 23 September 2014.
In October 2014 Espinosa was named Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations in Geneva. She succeeded Luis Gallegos. In her capacity as Permanent Representative she defended the case of Julian Assange in a discussion on arbitrary detention in September 2016.
- "NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ECUADOR PRESENTS CREDENTIALS", United Nations Press Release, BIO/3968, March 7, 2008.
- Maria Fernanda Espinosa new Defense Minister Archived 2013-04-13 at Archive.today on Ecuador Times, 28 November 2012
- (in Spanish) Poesía y ecología, dos pasiones de María Espinosa on El Universo, 7 January 2007
- "Research". cca.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
- (in Spanish) Hoja de Vida Archived 2014-02-02 at the Wayback Machine on Ministry of National Defense of Ecuador
- (in Spanish) Maria Fernanda Espinosa es la nueva Ministra Coordinadora de Patrimonio Archived 2013-04-12 at Archive.today on 19 October 2009
- (in Spanish) Maria Fernanda Espninosa es la nueva Ministra de Defensa on 28 November 2012
- Ecuavisa apologizes to the armed forces for misinformation Archived 2013-04-13 at Archive.today on Ecuador Times, 19 March 2013
- "María Fernanda Espinosa renunció al Ministerio de Defensa" (in Spanish). El Comercio. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "María Fernanda Espinosa is the new Ambassador of Ecuador before the UN in Geneva". Andes. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "María Fernanda Espinosa aboga por Assange ante la ONU" (in Spanish). El Comercio. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "María Fernanda Espinosa fue posesionada como Canciller del Ecuador". Cancilleria.gob.ec. 25 May 2017. Archived from the original on 31 May 2017.
- Members International Gender Champions (IGC).
- Counciller Biographies on World Future Council
- Media related to María Fernanda Espinosa at Wikimedia Commons
|Positions in intergovernmental organisations|
| President of the United Nations General Assembly
| Ecuador Ambassador to United Nations in Geneva
| Minister of Foreign Affairs
María Isabel Salvador
| Coordinating Minister of Heritage
María Belén Moncayo
Sandra Vela Dávila
| Minister of Sports
José Francisco Cevallos
| Minister of National Defense
Fernando Cordero Cueva
| Minister of Foreign Affairs
|Party political offices|
| Second Vice President of the PAIS Alliance