As the government continues with its appointments to overseas missions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Agrément was received from the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil for the appointment of career Guyanese diplomat, Ambassador George Wilfred Talbot to serve as the next resident Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil.
In a statement, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said that Mr. Talbot, who currently serves as Guyana’s Permanent United Nations Representative in New York, is a career Diplomat who joined the Foreign Service in 1993. He is also the current non-resident Ambassador to the State of Israel and non-resident High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia.
Mr. Talbot has extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy. He has represented Guyana at the UN and in other international fora on economic, social, political and related issues. He headed the delegation in New York during Guyana’s chairmanship of the Rio Group in 2006 and of the Union of South American Nations in 2011.
Mr Talbot has also held several posts on UN intergovernmental bodies, including the post of Chairman of the Economic and Financial Committee of the UN General Assembly at its sixty-seventh session (September 2012 – September 2013).
Other posts include vice-President of the UNICEF Executive Board; Vice-President, High-Level Committee on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (now High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation); Vice-Chairman, United Nations Forum on Forests; Vice-Chairman, Commission on Sustainable Development; and vice-President of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board. Most recently, he served as a co-facilitator of preparations for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which adopted the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in July 2015.
He began his public service in Guyana in 1991 with the Department of International Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Finance. He served from October 1991 to June 1992, as Associate Lecturer, Spanish (Part-time) at the University of Guyana. He then moved on and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993. Previously, he worked in the private sector from 1981 to 1986.
Mr Talbot holds a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and a B.A. in Modern Languages (Spanish/French) from the University of Guyana. He is fluent in English and Spanish and conversant in French and Portuguese.
Mr. Talbot is married to Grace Angela Talbot and they have one son, Joel Ephraim.