The United Nations General Assembly has formally approved nomination of Rebecca Grynspan to head United Nations Conference on Trade and development (UNCTAD). She is an economist from Costa Rica.

  • Rebecca will be the 1st woman and Central American to lead Geneva-based organisation, UNCTAD.
  • Rebecca was nominated as secretary-general of UNCTAD by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Backdrop

She has been secretary-general of Ibero-American General Secretariat since 2014. This secretariate supports preparations for Ibero-American summits. She has also worked as deputy administrator of UN Development Program from 2010 to 2014. She also served as UNDP’s regional director for Latin America and Caribbean.

UN Conference on Trade and Development

The UN Conference on Trade and Development was established as permanent intergovernmental body in the year 1964. It is a part of United Nations Secretariat that deals in trade, investment, and developmental issues. It seeks to maximize trade, investment and development opportunities in developing countries and assist them in integrating into world economy on equitable basis. It was established by United Nations General Assembly and it reports to United Nations General Assembly and UN Economic & Social Council.

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