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Foreign Relations Minister of Argentina and Former Head of the Executive Office at the United Nations

Susana Malcorra was appointed Foreign Relations Minister of Argentina on 24 November 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Field Support and, prior to that, as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme. Susana Malcorra has spent the majority of her professional career in the private sector, including as the CEO of Telecom Argentina, before joining the United Nations in 2004. Susana Malcorra graduated from the University of Rosario, Argentina, as an Engineer in Electronics.

Vision Statement

 

BACKGROUND

 

Born November 18, 1954 (age 61) in Rosario, Argentina, Susana Malcorra entered politics in 2004 and has held the following public positions:

Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme 2004 – 2008
UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support 2008 – 2012
Head (‘Chef de Cabinet’) of the Executive Office at the UN 2012 – 2015
Minister of Foreign Relations and Worship of Argentina 2015 – present
 

 

POLICY & PERFORMANCE

 

Susana Malcorra spent over 25 years in the private sector, including as CEO of Telecom Argentina from 1995 to 2001. In 2004, she joined the United Nations as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme. In this role, she oversaw daily emergency and humanitarian operations in more than 80 countries, supervising over 10,000 personnel. During her first year in office, she led the initial response to the December 2004 tsunami emergency in South and Southeast Asia.

As Under-Secretary General overseeing the UN Department of Field Support, Susana Malcorra directed all support for UN peace missions worldwide, including more than 30 field operations comprising 120,000 military, police and civilian personnel. As Head of the Executive Office at the UN she has advocated for poverty reduction and gender equality. In her current position as Minister of Foreign Relations and Worship of Argentina, she has spearheaded a new bilateral dialogue mechanism for closer cooperation between Argentina and Brazil.

 

ON THE ISSUES

CLIMATE CHANGE/DEVELOPMENT

Susana Malcorra signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on behalf of the government of Argentina on April 22, 2016. At this event, she remarked: “The notion of unity is essential to determine common lines of action [and] it is a priority to attend to the needs of the people and sectors that are the most vulnerable to climate change.”

In her vision statement, as part of her bid for UN Secretary-General, Susana Malcorra states: “Only by cultivating greater resilience through sustainable development can we collectively manage the challenges to come, effectively prevent some of, them, and mitigate their effects on people and the planet.”

Susana Malcorra, Vision Statement to Member States Submitted for the Position of Secretary-General, May 23, 2016.

Argentinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris Climate Agreement Signed by Malcorra at UN, Apr. 22, 2016.

CRIME

Susana Malcorra has advocated for a cooperative approach to combating drug trafficking and terrorism, stating they are “complex matters and no country has all tools to address them. Reality shows that these challenges are transnational in nature, which is why we must find a way to work in coordination, based on the understanding that this is sensitive information, and that the treatment given to it is essential.”

At a high-level meeting at the UN, she stressed that “current threats to peace and security require a cross-sectional analysis including, for instance, the connection between terrorism and organized crime: drug trafficking, illicit trafficking of weapons, human trafficking, money laundering and illicit trafficking of migrants.”

Argentinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malcorra at UN High-Level Meeting on Peace and Security, May 10, 2016.

Argentinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Barack Obama’s Visit: Statements by Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, Mar. 21, 2016.

MIGRATION/REFUGEES

Following her visit to a Syrian refugee camp as part of a White Helmets effort by Argentina, Susana Malcorra stated that the current refugee crisis is “is an important moment in which the world needs to come together, to assume responsibility and explore all avenues that may lead to peace, through dialogue.” She called upon the world to “find a solution to the Syrian issue from a political perspective.”

Argentinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malcorra visited syrian refugee camp where Argentine White Helmets Commission carries out humanitarian mission, May 17, 2016.

GENDER EQUALITY/WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Susana Malcorra has publicly stated that gender equality is an absolute necessity for longer-term economic development.

She has also advocated for awareness, accountability and action on abuse and sexual exploitation by individual personnel of various peacekeeping missions: “It is disheartening when, despite such a comprehensive approach, strong messages from management to all personnel, and the investment of significant resources on training, we still find ourselves confronting allegations that tarnish the reputation of all peacekeepers everywhere. We must collectively recommit ourselves to eradicating this scourge, by making every effort to swiftly respond to allegations and then follow through with speedy prosecution, where the evidence demonstrates that criminal misconduct may have occurred.”

Susana Malcorra, Gender equality is progress for all, Mar. 6, 2014.

Susana Malcorra, Fourth UN Committee Agenda Item: Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects, Oct. 24, 2011.

PEACEKEEPING

Susana Malcorra has, as Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, argued for close cooperation and joint planning with national counterparts to reduce the resources needed for peacekeeping missions, adding: “such a reduction in peacekeeping resources has wider implications for all partners, not only the national government, as it is likely to both impact on those partner’s programmes and require increased commitment by them – both within the UN and beyond.”

Susana Malcorra, USG Susana Malcorra’s Remarks to the Security Council Debate on Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, Mar. 26, 2012.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS

In a joint statement with Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States, Susana Malcorra has confirmed Argentina’s support to the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Human Rights System, stating that both countries “underscore that the OAS has the responsibility to uphold the principles of the OAS Charter, the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, and that all member states have a responsibility to fulfill their commitments and obligations under these instruments”.

As Head of the Executive Committee of the Secretary-General, Susana Malcorra has urged all United Nations Member States to address human rights violations occurring in Somalia, by accommodating a peaceful transition in government.

Susana Malcorra, Susana Malcorra (Chef de Cabinet) on behalf of Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary General) on Somalia – Security Council, 7551st meeting, Nov. 9, 2015.

Susana Malcorra and John F. Kerry, Joint Statement by Secretary of State John F. Kerry of the United States and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra of the Republic of Argentina in Support of the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Human Rights System, Mar. 23, 2016.

 

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