UN Secretary-General appoints Jessica Faieta of Ecuador as UNDP’s director for Latin America and the Caribbean

May 7, 2014

Jessica Faieta led UNDP's recovery efforts in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Photo: Espen Rikter-Svendsen

New York - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Jessica Faieta of Ecuador as Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

 In her new position, Ms. Faieta will lead more than 890 professionals covering UNDP’s regional programmes and offices covering 42 countries and territories—focusing on areas ranging from poverty and inequality reduction and democratic governance to citizen security, environmental sustainability and conflict prevention and recovery. She will also chair the region’s UN Development Group—comprised all UN agencies, funds and programmes working towards development.

“I am a great admirer of Jessica Faieta’s work, her leadership, management and teambuilding skills,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “I have high confidence in her ability to carry on UNDP's legacy in partnering with governments and civil society to continue shaping policies in Latin America and the Caribbean."

 “Now is the time to intensify efforts in the region to bring down inequality—which is no longer reducing at the same rate—and, to further improve democratic governance, boosting citizens’ political participation, especially youth, women and those of indigenous and African descent,” Jessica Faieta said.

“Citizen insecurity is another major threat to the region, as our latest Human Development Report for Latin America shows, as is conflict prevention and recovery. The Post-2015 Agenda is a good opportunity to address these issues,” said Ms. Faieta, who led Haiti’s recovery efforts following the 2010 earthquake as UNDP’s Senior Country Director until she assumed the position of UNDP Deputy Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, in October 2012.

She has also served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in El Salvador and Belize (2007-2010). From 2005 to 2006, she served in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General as Director of the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General.  Ms. Faieta has also been the Deputy Director in the Office of the UNDP Administrator.

Ms. Faieta started her career with UNDP in 1991 as a UN Volunteer in Guyana. In 1993 she became Special Assistant to the Director of the Bureau for Finance and Administration. In 1997, she was appointed Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) in Cuba, also assuming that role in Panama (1998-2001) and in Argentina (2001-2002). Before joining UNDP, she worked for the Canadian Embassy in Ecuador (1987-1991).

She replaces Heraldo Muñoz, who assumed the role of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile in March.

She holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and another in International Affairs, both from Columbia University. She is also a Yale University World Fellow. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

Contact information

In New York: Carolina Azevedo, carolina.azevedo@undp.org
In Panama: Pablo Basz, pablo.basz@undp.org

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