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Her voice

“ Having worked in the multilateral arena for most of my life, I cannot see any other way than bringing the convening power, the capacity, and the strength of multilateralism to develop common solutions to the common and most complex issues of our times.  The equal participation of women in the multilateral space will just make it more compelling.” 

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Jessica Faieta is currently a Senior Fellow and Lecturer in the Jackson School of Global Affairs at Yale University, where she teaches on development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and on the United Nations 

In 2021, she retired from the UN System after a distinguished 30-year career that spanned the development, peace and humanitarian pillars. She served in Colombia as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the UN Mission for the verification of the Peace Accords, and also led the UN System as UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

From 2014 to 2018, Faieta was UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has held UN leadership positions in Haiti during the reconstruction efforts for the 2010 earthquake, and in El Salvador and Belize. She served in the Executive Offices of the UN Secretary-General and the UNDP Administrator. Ms. Faieta has also had assignments in Argentina, Cuba, Guyana, and Panama. She was responsible for important publications including the UNDP Regional Human Development Reports.

Ms. Faieta is Ecuadorian. She holds master’s degrees in international affairs and in business administration from Columbia University. She has been a Fellow at Yale and Harvard universities.