Pablo Ruiz

UNDP Regional Governance and Peacebuilding Leader for Latin America and the Caribbean


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Conflict prevention, Crisis response, Democratic dialogue and consultation, Disaster risk management, Governance and peacebuilding, Peacebuilding, Rule of law, Youth

Pablo Ruiz coordinates governance and peacebuilding initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2014. This includes a regional portfolio on democratic dialogue, conflict prevention, citizen security, elections, citizen participation and inclusion issues, amongst others, and specific regional projects such as SIGOB or INFOSEGURA. This work is aligned with the 2014-2017 UNDP Strategic Plan and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to promote Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 16.

Mr. Ruiz has been working on crisis prevention, recovery and governance issues in UNDP for the past 18 years. He was the senior adviser on post-crisis reconstruction processes in Haiti, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, where he spent most of his professional career. He has also worked for the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in Geneva, supporting several countries such as Algeria, Angola, Madagascar, Mauritania and Somalia, and the inter-agency response following the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Mr. Ruiz coordinated the UNDP National Human Development Report in Haiti and was part of the editorial team of the global UNDP report Reducing Disaster Risk: A challenge for Development.

Prior to working with UNDP, he worked for universities (researcher for the Jean Monnet Chair at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, teacher at Université de Toulouse le-Mirail, France), Chambers of Commerce, research institutes (IRELA, Centro de Investigaciones para la Paz) and NGOs in Spain.  

Mr. Ruiz has authored several publications. He is a law graduate (Madrid), and Communitarian Law (Rouen) and is a PhD in International Economics and Development (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain).

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