The Costa Rica ambassador in Panama, Gioconda Ubeda, died, after suffering from a chronic disease. This has been confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She was a prominent diplomat who served many roles during her career. She was Vice Chancellor of the Republic, ambassador to Mexico, ambassador to Argentina, legal director of the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry, Secretary General of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, consultant for the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, host and producer of the Bitácora television program, and a professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Costa Ricain Public International Law and International Humanitarian Law.
She made a great difference in issues such as nuclear disarmament, human rights, public international law, international humanitarian law, refugee protection and international migration.
The cause of her death was not covid-19, rather an unspecified chronic disease she endured for about a year.
The Foreign Minister expressed, “It is a painful loss, of an official who distinguished herself for her dedication and commitment to the country and the institution, and for her permanent struggle to defend and promote human rights.