Rebeca Grynspan will be appointed as the next secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) under UN Secretary General António Guterres. Currently, Grynspan is the secretary general for SEGIB.
Based in Geneva, UNCTAD has promoted trade, investment, and development in developing countries since 1964. It is made up of 195 member states and is part of the UN secretariat. Grynspan would become the first woman to hold the position and the fourth Latin American to lead UNCTAD. She has previously served as UN under secretary general, associate administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. She was also vice president of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.
Rebeca Grynspan is a Member of the Inter-American Dialogue.
2009 has not been a good year for U.S.-Latin America relations. Despite their warm welcome at the April Summit, Latin America’s governments made life more difficult than anticipated for President Obama.