Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan elected as Ibero-American Secretary-General
UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan has been elected unanimously to head the Ibero-American Secretariat (SEGIB) starting April 1. Ms. Grynspan will be the first woman to lead this organization, replacing Enrique V. Iglesias who has led the Organization since 2005.
“It is an honor and a privilege to have been elected as Ibero-American Secretary-General,” said Ms. Grynspan. “I look forward to working with all of the countries to advance cooperation on economic, social and cultural development”.
Created in 2003 and headquartered in Madrid, the Ibero-American Secretariat brings together the Heads of State and Government of Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and Andorra and other government representatives and civil society in order to advance economic, social, and cultural development among the 22 countries of Latin America plus Spain, Portugal, and Andorra.
Ms. Grynspan takes this position after a prestigious international, political, and academic career. Before joining the United Nations, she was a Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. She also served as Housing Minister, Coordinating Minister of Economy, Coordinating Minister of Social Affairs, and Vice-Minister of Finance.
Ms. Grynspan joined UNDP in 2006 as the Assistant-Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Programme, and was appointed Associate Administrator in 2010
Previously, she was Director of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Sub-regional Headquarters in Mexico, where she also served as Co-Chair of the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Executive Board.
Ms. Grynspan has been a strong and consistent advocate for human development. She has helped focus global attention on the need to reduce inequality, build social cohesion, empower women, and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Christina Lo Nigro
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