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UNCTAD Appoints Costa Rican To Replace Mukhisa Kituyi

After the exit of Kenyan Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, United Nations (UN) has appointed a Costa Rican economist Rebeca Grynspan as the new Secretary-General of the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  

She will serve for four years. 

Ms Grynspan, the first woman to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general, was nominated for the post by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and approved by the General Assembly in June. 

In a statement by the UN agency, Ms. Grynspan said she was honored to begin work at UNCTAD at a critical time for the world. 

“COVID-19 has exposed the widespread inequalities and vulnerabilities of the world and the development model. As we recover from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to rebalance the global economy, boost resilience and ensure shared prosperity,” she said. 

“We must take action today to transform trade and reshape our global economy to overcome barriers to greater prosperity for all and embark on a sustainable development path that will benefit everyone.” 

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Ms Grynspan said UNCTAD’s 15th quadrennial conference, slated for 3rd  to 7th  October, will be an important opportunity for countries to make bold decisions to address the massive unmet trade, finance, investment, and technology needs of developing countries struggling to meet both the COVID-19 economic fallout and sustainable development challenges. 

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Ms Grynspan has had a career spanning many years and has held several high-level positions. 

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Prior to her UNCTAD appointment, she was the Ibero-American secretary-general, also there she was the first woman to lead the organization. 

She’s also a former under-secretary-general of the UN and associate administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and a former regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the organization. 

Prior to joining the UN, she served as vice president of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.

She was also minister of housing, minister coordinator of economic and social affairs, and deputy finance minister. 

In addition, she was a member of the High-Level Panel on Financing for Development. 

*This article was written by Ramadhan Kambi for Uzalendo News.  Email: uzalendonews24@gmail.com to submit your story.
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