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Ms. Gherman is a career diplomat and the daughter of the first President of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Mircea Snegur. She received an undergraduate degree from the Moldova State University and holds an M.A. in War Studies from King’s College, University of London. She has served as Moldova’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and Deputy Prime Minister since 2013, acting as Prime Minister in 2015 following the resignation of Chiril Gaburici. Ms. Gherman was also the Chief Negotiator on behalf of Moldova for the Moldova-European Union Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with the European Union, and she has been instrumental in leading the Moldovan visa liberalization talks with the EU. Ms. Gherman speaks Romanian, English, Russian, and German.

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BACKGROUND

Born 20 March 1969 (age 46) in Chișinău, Soviet Union (now Moldova), Ms. Gherman has held the following public positions:

Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova 2013-2016
Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova 2013-2016
Acting Prime Minister of Moldova 2015
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration 2009-2013
Ambassador to Sweden, Norway, and Finland 2006-2009
Ambassador to Austria 2002-2006
Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies in Vienna and to Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) 2002-2006
Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of Moldova in Brussels 2001-2002
Deputy Head of the Mission of Moldova to NATO 2001-2002
Deputy Head of the Department of European Security and Political-Military Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1997-2001
Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies in Vienna and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) 1994-1997
Second and First Secretary for the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova 1991-1994

POLICY & PERFORMANCE

During her time as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Gherman has been actively involved in Moldova’s integration into the European Union through reforming the country’s standards of democracy and security, the rule of law, and economic modernization. She oversaw the implementation of the EU-Moldova agreements. Ms. Gherman has also been active in advocating for victims of human trafficking, adapting Moldova’s migration policy, strengthening human rights mechanisms, and increasing sustainable development, especially in the field of energy.

ON THE ISSUES

Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Ms. Gherman led the UN Global Dialogue on Institutional Capacities for Sustainable Development and their indicators, resulting in the subsequent adoption of the Chisinau Outcome Statement. During this meeting, Ms. Gherman said, “Developing institutional capacity is not merely a political duty or a prerogative attributed to the central administration only, but it truly embodies the expectations of the people, who are ready and willing to contribute to development.” She also stated at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda that “it will not be an overstatement to say that our generation is the first one to seriously tackle climate change and perhaps the last one to be able to do so. We must rise up to the challenge and do everything in our power to preserve the environment and ensure people’s wellbeing without leaving anyone behind.”

Crime

In her address at the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Ms. Gherman noted that “there is an inextricable connection between criminal offenses, justice, and social economic development, and therefore, we strongly believe that the post-2015 development framework should tackle these challenges as an essential precondition for sustainable development.” She also noted the “necessity to build resilient national judicial institutions and increase law enforcement capacities to ensure the respect for the rule of the law and reduce crime.”

Migration/Refugees

Ms. Gherman has had an active role in coordinating the implementation of the pilot EU-Moldova Mobility Partnership and actively participated in the activity of the Global Forum for Migration and Development. Under her leadership, Moldova contributed to the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, advocating for the integration of migration into the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda..

Gender Equality/Women’s Rights

Ms. Gherman has said that the qualities of a female leader are what the United Nations needs now in a leader: “A woman is naturally, almost instinctively, devoted to ensuring peace.” Ms. Gherman has also noted that the experience of being a woman – a member of a politically and socially disadvantaged group – can “help to bring the perspectives of other marginalized constituencies to decision-making.”

Peacekeeping

At a 2015 meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Ms. Gherman emphasized the importance of arms control and updating existing security and military controls in Europe to “provide better military transparency and ensure stability and predictability.” She advocated for a balance between dealing with emerging crisis situations and resolving longstanding conflicts. Ms. Gherman has been particularly involved in the Transnistrian conflict settlement process.

Human Rights

Ms. Gherman chairs the Moldovan National Committee for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, which has been active in implementing the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

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