Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations

Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations
Ernesto Samper

since 1 August 2014
Term length 2 years
Inaugural holder Néstor Kirchner
Formation 2010
Website (Spanish)
Union of South American Nations

The Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations is the legal representative of the Secretariat of the Union of South American Nations (USAN).


The position was established by the UNASUR Constitutive Treaty and the first Secretary General was designated on 4 May 2010.


The Secretary General of UNASUR is proposed by the Foreign Ministers council, and designated by the Heads of State and Government council[1] for a two-year term, renewable once.[2] A Secretary General cannot be of the same nationality in succession.[1]

The Secretary General exercises the legal representation of the UNASUR Secretariat. The officials selection for the latter requires an equitative representation between UNASUR Member States. It also requires an equitative representation, as much as possible, along gender, language and ethnic criteria.[1] The tasks of the Secretary General are:[1]

List of Secretaries-General

Secretary-General Portrait State National party Took office Left office
1 Néstor Carlos Kirchner  Argentina Front for VictoryJusticialist Party 4 May 2010 27 October 2010
Post vacant by death
2 María Emma Mejia Velez  Colombia Colombian Liberal Party 9 May 2011 11 June 2012
3 Alí Rodríguez Araque  Venezuela Great Patriotic PoleUnited Socialist Party of Venezuela 11 June 2012 31 July 2014
4 Ernesto Samper  Colombia Colombian Liberal Party 1 August 2014 Incumbent


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