I am a daughter of parents who were part of my home country’s independence movement, my late father was part of the first ever delegation to sit at the UN General Assembly when Equatorial Guinea was welcomed as its 126th member. My parents instilled in me a commitment to hard work and breaking new ceilings. I am a woman of faith, the first of four children and a single parent of a now thriving miracle son.
After years in Africa and Headquarters, I was deployed to Guatemala under a UN talent program for high potential women leaders to gain a first-hand exposure to the leadership challenges and opportunities associated with serving as a UN Resident Coordinator/DO & UNDP Resident Representative.
I am a firm believer in the United Nations, its values, principles and resources. The UN is the largest partnership framework in the World and I work constantly to identify opportunities for partners to join us in being proactive, innovative and relevant in responding to the challenges ahead of us. I believe in teamwork, everyone has a contribution to make and every role is important.
I believe that my combined responsibilities reflect the key components of our service to the people. The Peace-Development-Safety nexus is important if we are to bring to bear the remarkable wealth of knowledge, experience and skills that we have as the United Nations as a contribution to attain inclusive, sustainable and innovative national development.
One of my favorite quotes from the UN Charter is Article 1.3 it reads: To achieve international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without discrimination as to race, sex, language, or religion;…