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UNCTAD Secretary-General

Rebeca Grynspan

Rebeca Grynspan of Costa Rica is the first woman and Central American to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general.

Ms. Grynspan is a renowned advocate of human development, who has helped to focus the world’s attention on relevant issues such as the reduction of inequality and poverty, gender equality, South-South cooperation as a tool for development, and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, among others.

A former vice president of Costa Rica, Ms. Grynspan joins UNCTAD from the Ibero-American Conference where she also led the organization as secretary-general.