Open-ended working group on reducing space threats


Hellmut Lagos is a career diplomatic officer from Chile. He studied Journalism and holds a degree in Security and Defence at the National Academy for Political and Strategic Studies (ANEPE) at the Ministry of Defence of Chile. 

He studied Diplomacy at the Diplomatic Academy of Chile and holds a Master’s degree in International Law and International Relations from the Ortega y Gasset Institute, Madrid. He also holds a Master's degree in International Law of Armed Conflict from the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Mr. Lagos joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile in 1995 and has served as Protocol Officer (1997-1998), Third Secretary at the Embassy of Chile in Jamaica and Alternate Representative to the International Seabed Authority in Kingston (1999-2000), Consul in Rome and Alternate Representative to the International Organizations in Rome (2001-2004), Alternate Representative to the IAEA and other International Organizations in Vienna, including UNOOSA (2005-2008), Programme Director at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore (2009-2010) and Deputy Head for International Security in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santiago (2011-2013). He has been Sous-Sherpa of the Nuclear Security Summit process. 

In 2012 he was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to the Group of Governmental Experts on Transparency and Confidence Building Measures in Outer Space Activities. 

He has been delegate to a large number of international meetings and multilateral fora, including the United Nations First Committee, the IAEA Board of Governors, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty PrepCom, the International Conference on Cluster Munitions, the 2010 Review Conference PrepCom, the Oslo, Nayarit and Vienna Conferences on  the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, among others. 

Mr. Lagos was the head of delegation of Chile in the process of consultations of the International Code of Contact for Space Activities. He is actively involved in academic activities, and is a regular participant in the Wilton Park Conferences in the United Kingdom. 

He has participated in a wide range of discussions on international security, non-proliferation and disarmament. In 2013 he won the first prize in the essay contest of the Latin American Human Security Network on nuclear disarmament. 

Mr. Lagos has been Deputy Head of Mission at the Permanent Mission of Chile to the IAEA and other International Organizations in Vienna from 2013 and 2016.

In 2016 he was elected as the Chairman of the UN COPUOS Legal Subcommittee for the period 2016-2018. 

He has been head of the Disarmament and International Security Unit at the Permanent Mission of Chile in Geneva. 

In 2018 he joined the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS).

He is currently Consul of Chile in La Paz, Bolivia.