On June 12, the United Nations General Assembly approved Costa Rican economist Rebecca Grynspan’s candidacy to lead the UN agency for trade and development, making her the first woman and Central American to manage the Geneva-based organization.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres nominated her to be the secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It aids developing countries in their attempt to gain from the globalized economy while also addressing potential economic integration downsides.
Ms. Grynspan has served as secretary-general of the Ibero-American General Secretariat since 2014, assisting in the planning of Ibero-American summits. She served as the UN Development Program’s deputy administrator from 2010 until 2014. (UNDP).
From 1994 to 1998, she was the UNDP’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, a member of the high-level panel on development financing, and Costa Rica’s second vice president.