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“We need to focus on the gender gap in Latin America and address women’s economic empowerment in order to spur recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.” 

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Ms.Grynspan was unanimously elected as Ibero-American Secretary-General in 2014. In 2010 she was named Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). From 2006 to 2010, she was UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms Grynspan served as Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.  She was also Minister of Housing, Minister Coordinator of Economic and Social Affairs, and Deputy Minister of Finance. In addition, she has been a member of the High-Level Panel on Financing for Development, convened by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2001.

She is a renowned advocate of human development, who has helped to focus the world’s attention, and also that of Latin America, 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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among others.

In June 2014 she was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a leading global organisation at the forefront of development and environmental policy research.

She was recognized as one of the 100 most powerful women in Central America by Fobes magazine in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

In 2020 she received the Gumersindo de Azcarate Award and the Woman of the Year Award from the Women in a Legal World Association.

In 2021 the President of Argentina named Ms. Grynspan Special International Advisor to the newly created Economic and Social Council of Argentina.