Ambassador Rugwabiza appointed Vice President of UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS Executive Board

On 17 December 2019 at 02:11

Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza who has served as the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations since 2016 has been appointed Vice President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for 2020, representing the African Group.

Antigua and Barbuda were elected to preside over the three organizations while Bulgaria, Sweden, and Kuwait were also elected to the board as co-vice presidents.

The Executive Board provides intergovernmental support and supervision for the activities of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS in accordance with the policy guidance of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the United Nations Charter.

Prior to her position in the UN, ambassador Rugwabiza served as Minister for East African Community from 2014 to 2016. Between 2013 and 2014, she was RDB’s Chief Executive Officer and Cabinet Member.

From 2005 to 2013, Rugwabiza was Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the first woman to ever hold that position.

Between 2000 and 2002, Rugwabiza was an advisor in Protection and Care of Families against HIV/AIDS (PACFA) which later became Imbuto Foundation. She holds a Master’s degree in sciences from former National University of Zaire. (Current Democratic Republic of Congo)

Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza has been appointed Vice President of the Executive Board of the UNDP, the UNFPA and the UNOPS for 2020, representing the African Group.