The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Monday, September, 13, appointed Rebeca Grynspan as the new Secretary General.
The Costa Rican economist replaces Mukhisa Kituyi, who left office in February 2021, to follow on his presidential aspirations.
Grynspan is the first woman to serve in this position. She was nominated by UN Secretary General, Anto’nio Guterres, and was approved by the General Assembly in June.
In her acceptance speech,
I am honoured to begin work at UNCTAD at a critical time for our world. Covid-19 has exposed the widespread inequalities and vulnerabilities of the world and the development model. As we recover from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to rebalance the global economy, boost resilience and ensure share prosperity.
We must take action today to transform trade and reshape our global economy to overcome barriers to greater prosperity for all and embark on a sustainable development path that will benefit everyone.
Before this new role, Grynspan served as the first woman as the Ibero-American Secretary General.
Mukhisa Kituyi’s Presidential Bid
Maskhisa Kituyi, before his resignation, served in the UN post for over 7 years. He was first appointed in September, 2013, before being re-elected for a second 4-year-term in July 2017.
I am ready to serve the country owing to my international experience. It’s no longer a secret I will be going for the presidency gin 2022. Nobody should tell us who to support. We need a president who will save this country and Kenyans from a bad economy.