UPEACE Council

The Council of the University for Peace is the governing body of the University composed of 17 members (currently 15 members).

Ten members are appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in consultation with the Director-General of UNESCO, and seven ex-officio members: the Chancellor of the University, the Rector, two members nominated by the Government of Costa Rica—the host country—a  representative of the UN Secretary-General, a representative of the Director-General of UNESCO and the Rector of the United Nations University.

Council of the University for Peace

Updated December 2017

Antonio Guterres

António Guterres

Secretary-General, United Nations

Honorary President of the Council


Hal Klepak

Professor Emeritus of History and Strategy, Royal Military College of Canada

President of the Council


Fernando Blasco

Former Director, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN

Vice-President of the Council



Enrique Barón Crespo

Former President of the European Parliament



Pilar Álvarez-Laso

Representative, UNESCO Director-General

Ex-officio Member


Jean Arnault

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia



Alicia Barcena

Executive Secretary, ECLAC



Oscar Fernández-Taranco

Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support

UNSG Representative to the Council

Ex-officio Member


Francisco Rojas

Rector, University for Peace

Ex-officio Member



David Malone

Rector, United Nations University

Ex-officio Member



Mercedes Peñas

First Lady of Costa Rica

Costa Rican Government Representative

Ex-officio Member