What are regions telling us about implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs?
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ

Official meeting

Chair: H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King, President of Economic and Social Council

Moderator:

  • Ms. Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC

Speakers:

Chairs of regional forums

  • ECLAC: H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Malmierca, Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Cuba

  • ESCAP: H.E. Mr. Fidelis Magalhaes, Minister for Legal Reforms and Parliamentary Affairs, Timor-Leste

  • ECA: H.E. Ms. Nezha El Ouafi, Secretary of State in charge of Sustainable Development, Morocco

  • ECE: H.E. Ms. Ogerta Manastirliu, Minister of Health and Social Protection, Albania

  • ESCWA: H.E. Mr. Noori Al-Dulaimi, Minister of Planning, Iraq

Respondent:

  • Ms. Sarah Zaman, Member of Women’s Action Forum (MGoS)

Biographies
H.E. Mr. Fidelis Magalhaes
Minister for Legal Reforms and Parliamentary Affairs, Timor-Leste
H.E. Mr. Fidelis Magalhaes

Minister for Legal Reforms and Parliamentary Affairs, Timor-Leste

Mr. Fidelis Magalhaes is the Chair of the 6th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development.

Minister for Legal Reforms and Parliamentary Affairs of Timor-Leste. He is advocating for refugees and human rights having campaigned for international support of East Timor at the UN. He was assistant spokesperson and responsible for external relations at UNHCR and played an active role in peace and reconciliation efforts. Head of Timor-Leste High Level National Consensus Dialogue on Truth, Justice and Reconciliation to address past human rights violations and find ways forward. He also chaired the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence and was Chief Advisor of the presidency of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. He is known as a young politician who is expected to play a significant role in the future of Timor-Leste.

H.E. Mr. Noori Al-Dulaimi
Minister of Planning, Iraq
H.E. Mr. Noori Al-Dulaimi

Minister of Planning, Iraq

Dr. Nuri al-Dulaimi is currently the Minister of Planning in Iraq.

Between 2016 and 2018, Dr. al-Dulaimi was the Assistant Governor for Planning in al-Anbar governorate. Between 2006 and 2009 he was the Deputy Chair of the Planning Committee in al-Anbar governorate council.

Dr. al-Dulaimi was a member of the Faculty of Agriculture at al-Anbar University between 2001 and 2009 and has extensive experience in the agricultural production sector.

Dr. al-Dulaimi is also a civil society activist and has founded numerous developmental, humanitarian, and human rights organizations.

Dr. al-Dulaimi holds a PhD in International Relations from the World Islamic Sciences University in Jordan, and a BA in Agricultural Sciences from Baghdad University.

H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Malmierca
Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Cuba
H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Malmierca

Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Cuba

Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz has served as the Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment for Cuba since 2009. Prior to this position, he was the Minister of Foreign Investment and Economic Co-operation (2008-2009), as well as Ambassador of Cuba to the United Nations in New York (2005-2008). In addition, Mr. Malmierca was elected in 2009, 2014 and 2018 member of the Popular Power National Assembly (Parliament). He was elected member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in the VI Congress in 2011 and in the VII Congress in 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Havana, and has post graduate education from the Higher Institute of International Relations in negotiation techniques, international relations and United Nations systems, as well as development alternatives in Latin America from the Center for Economic Research and Teaching, and accounting and finance for management staff.

H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King
Seventy-Fourth President of the Economic and Social Council
H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King

Seventy-Fourth President of the Economic and Social Council

Her Excellency Inga Rhonda King, who comes to diplomacy from the private sector, has lived and worked in several Caribbean countries, the United States of America, and China. She is a small business owner, business strategist, the author of three books, and a management accountant with more than two decades of professional experience. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and chemistry, is the immediate past chair of the Investment Promotions Agency of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Invest SVG), and a former Honorary Consul for Portugal to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Since becoming Permanent Representative in September 2013, Ambassador King has held several leadership roles which include:

  • Chair/Spokesperson of L69 (2016 - present), the largest reform group for the Security Council Reform of the United Nations.
  • Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council for the period 2017-2018.
  • Chair of the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly of the 71st Session (2016 - 2017). At the time of her chairmanship, she was only the second woman to chair this committee in the history of the United Nations.
  • Immediate-past chair of the Island Women Open Network (IWON) (2014 - July 2018). The IWON is tasked with ensuring gender-mainstreaming in the renewable energy sector of Small Island Developing States by building capacity at the grassroots and community level. The IWON is a part of the SIDS DOCK Secretariat platform. SIDS Dock is a UN registered SIDS International Organization.

H.E. Ms. Nezha El Ouafi
The Secretary of State in charge of Sustainable Development of Morocco
H.E. Ms. Nezha El Ouafi

The Secretary of State in charge of Sustainable Development of Morocco

Nezha El Ouafi, whom HM King Mohammed VI appointed on Wednesday Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, in charge of Sustainable Development, was born in 1971 in El Kalaa des Sraghna.

H.E. Ms. Ogerta Manastirliu
Minister of Health and Social Protection, Albania
H.E. Ms. Ogerta Manastirliu

Minister of Health and Social Protection, Albania

Mrs. Ogerta Manastirliu was born in Tirana on December 31, 1978. She is married and is a mother of two daughters. Mrs. Manastirliu holds the title "Doctor of Science" in "Analytical Chemistry and Environment". Earlier he studied at the University of Tirana, at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the General Chemistry branch, where she was graduated and received the title "Master in Science", in the same branch. Since 2009, she has been engaged as an external pedagogue at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. In 2004 she started the professional career in the Municipality of Tirana, initially in the Project Coordination Directorate. During 2005-2011, she headed the Housing and Social Services Directorate. In this assignment, Mrs. Ogerta Manastirliu has been one of the main contributors to the design and implementation of the "Local Housing Strategy". In the period 2011-2013, she has been engaged as an expert in managing and coordinating, social and human resources policies, for various national and international organizations, such as UNFPA, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and others. In the period September 2013-March 2017, she has directed the "Mother Theresa" University Hospital Center, in Tirana. Mrs. Ogerta Manastirliu has a long political activity, in the ranks of the Socialist Party and is a member of the National Assembly. In the parliamentary elections of 2017, she was elected, as Deputy/Member of the Albanian Parliament. Mrs. Manastirliu speaks English and Italian.

Ms. Alicia Bárcena
Executive Secretary of ECLAC and coordinator of the Regional Commissions
Ms. Alicia Bárcena

Executive Secretary of ECLAC and coordinator of the Regional Commissions

On 13 May 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General announced the appointment of Alicia Bárcena Ibarra of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Ms. Bárcena Ibarra, who assumed her new position on 1 July 2008, replaced Mr. José Luis Machinea of Argentina.

Ms. Bárcena Ibarra served as the Chef de Cabinet to the former Secretary-General before serving as the Under-Secretary-General for Management.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Bárcena Ibarra served as Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC, and in this capacity she contributed substantively and increased interagency collaboration to provide a regional perspective on the Millennium Development Goals and on Financing for Sustainable Development, connecting issues of inequality, poverty, economic development and sustainability with the required fiscal policies needed to address extreme poverty.

As Chief of the Environment and Human Settlements Division of ECLAC, she heightened the profile of the Regional Commission in the areas of climate change, sustainable energy, fiscal policies and environment. She previously served as Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as well as Adviser to the Latin American and Caribbean Sustainable Development Programme in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

She was part of the Secretariat that was in charge of preparing the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. She was Principal Officer in charge of various topics related to Agenda 21 and was also the Founding Director of the Earth Council in Costa Rica.

Previously, she served in the Government of Mexico as the first Vice-Minister of Ecology and as Director-General of the National Institute of Fisheries.

In the academic arena, Ms. Bárcena Ibarra was the Director of the South-East Regional Centre of the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones sobre Recursos Bióticos in the State of Yucatán, working closely with the Mayan communities. She has taught and researched on natural sciences, mostly on botany, ethnobotany and ecology. She has published a number of articles on sustainable development, namely on financing, public policies, environment and public participation.

Ms. Bárcena Ibarra holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.

Ms. Bárcena Ibarra was born in 1952.

Ms. Sarah Zaman
Member of Women’s Action Forum (MGoS)
Ms. Sarah Zaman

Member of Women’s Action Forum (MGoS)

Sarah Zaman is a Karachi-based feminist activist, development professional, teacher and researcher. She is a member of Women’s Action Forum, a network of activists striving for gender and social justice in Pakistan, alongside various other professional associations and civil society collectives. She has held leadership positions in different women’s right organizations in Pakistan, and is engaged with the Asia-Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism under the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP); the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD); and the Women’s Major Group under UNDESA/Division for Sustainable Development (DSD).

Statements
Statements
H.E. Mr. Noori Al-Dulaimi, Minister of Planning, Iraq
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