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Economist From Costa Rica Rebecca Grynspan To Head UNCTAD

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UN General Assembly (UNGA) has approved the nomination of Rebecca Grynspan to head the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).


  • She is an Economist from Costa Rica.
  • She will be the first woman and Central American to lead Geneva-based organisation, UNCTAD.
  • She was nominated as secretary-general of UNCTAD by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.


  • Since 2014, Rebecca Grynspan has been secretary-general of Ibero-American General Secretariat.
  • This secretariate supports preparations for Ibero-American summits.
  • She has also worked as deputy administrator of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) from 2010 to 2014.
  • She previously served as UNDP’s regional director for Latin America and Caribbean, a member of the high-level panel on financing for development, and second vice president of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.


  • UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) was established as a permanent intergovernmental body in 1964.
  • It is a part of the 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 the world economy on equitable basis.
  • It was established by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It reports to UN General Assembly and United Nations Economic & Social Council.

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