Despite half a century of rural development theories and approaches, widespread poverty and inequality in rural areas persist as massive obstacles on the way to sustainable and inclusive development worldwide. New territorial development approaches have a potential to tackle them and promote alternative development paths combining cohesion and cooperation as means for sustainable competitiveness and more inclusive economic development based on synergy among local actors in enabling the valorization of endogenous potential.
For the position of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Secretary-General of the United Nations selected Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu of Tonga on 12 April 2017 who was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Tonga from January 2017.
Ms. ‘Utoikamanu brings with her a wealth of national, regional and international experience at various senior leadership levels, with a strategic perspective for the mandate of the OHRLLS and on building consensus among key stakeholders.
She was previously Acting Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2015), Deputy Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2009-2016), Deputy Director General and Director of Education, Training and Human Development of the Secretariat of Pacific Community (2009-2015), Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Government of Tonga to the United Nations, United States of America, Cuba and Venezuela and High Commissioner to Canada (2005-2009), and Secretary for Foreign Affairs and European Commission’s National Authorizing Officer for Tonga (2002-2005).
Secretary General of the Minister of the Interior and Decentralization (MIDEC), Mauritania
Ambassador in the Special Mission for Agenda 2030 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC), Spain
Assistant General Secretary of the UNTA-CS, Member of the ILO GB and Vice President of ITUC
Mr. Adama Sangaré is mayor of Bamako, since 2007. He obtained a Masters’ degree in Private Law from the National School of Administration (ENA), in 1990. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the School of Management Sciences (ESG), University of Quebec in Montreal. From the professional point of view, he is a Social Security Inspector who has been part of the General Directorate of INPS, since 1999. Prior to this position, he assumed lawyer duties in various structures of the country and represented international NGOs in Mali.
Mr. Baba Ould BOUMEISS was born in 1957 in Aioun in Mauritania, he has a Master in Demography from Louvain la Neuve university in Belgium, he is also promoted as a Statistical Engineer at ENSEA in Rabat in 1980. Mr. Baba has accumulated over 30 years of experience in the field of statistical, economic and social studies, it is since February 2011 that he occupies the position of Secretary General of the Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training and New Technologies.
He was the Director General of the National Statistical Office (ONS) at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development from 2005 to 2011, he was promoted to Director of Policy and Monitoring Rural Development (MDR) from 2000 to 2005), Economic Advisor in charge of the Planning Unit (MDR) from 1996 to 2000, he was also elected Director of the Department of Demographic and Social Statistics at the ONS in 1990 and the Head of the National Accounts Department in 1983. He is now the Secretary General of the Minister of Interior and Decentralization (MIDEC).
Gabriel Cruz Santana is the Mayor of Huelva since 2015. He was born on 5 January 1964 in “Minas de Rio Tinto”, Huelva. Gabriel is a Graduate in Law from the University of Seville, and has a Diploma in Community law by the University of Huelva. He has been a lawyer for 14 years without interruption. He is the vice president of the Andalusian Fund of municipalities for the International Solidarity (FAMSI), and since 2015 he is part of the Executive board of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) Assuming the spokesperson representation of the socialist mayors and councilors in the country. Also, Cruz is a member of the National Commission for Local Administration and the Global Network of Cities and Local and Regional Governments.
He has been at the forefront of several provincial delegations of the Junta of Andalusia in Huelva since the year 2004, being Delegate for Justice and Public Administrations of 2004 to 2006; delegate of Public Works and Transport from 2006 to 2008; and delegate of Housing and Ordination of the territory of 2008-2012. Between 2011 and 2015 he led the Socialist Municipal Group of the city of Huelva, and was its spokesperson. Affiliated to the PSOE from the year 1991, he became secretary general of the Municipal PSOE groups of Huelva, member of the Provincial Executive board of the PSOE from Huelva and member of the Federal Committee of the PSOE.
Hugo Siles Núñez del Prado is the Vice Minister of Autonomies of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
Siles is a political scientist and was councilor of the municipality of Santa Cruz.
The Vice Minister studied at the Catholic University of Cordoba (Argentina). He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and International Trade. He has also taught at the Gabriel René Moreno University (UAGRM).
Mr. Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio is the President of the Assembly of Regions and Districts of Côte d’Ivoire (ARDCI) and President of the Regional Council of Belier.
He was Prime Minister of Ivory Coast during 2012. Previously, Mr. Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio held important positions in the government: Minister of State, Minister of Justice, Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Deputy Minister as Minister of Construction, Urbanism and Housing, etc.
A lawyer by profession, Mr. Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio holds the Certificate of Aptitude for the Profession of Lawyer (CAPA) since November 1980. He has a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Abidjan.
Mr. Juan Francisco Montalbán Carrasco holds a degree in Political Science and Sociology and Law from the Complutense University of Madrid, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a PHD in Political Science from the National University of Distance Education in Spain.
Mr. Montalbán entered the Diplomatic Career in 1985. He has held diplomatic positions in the Embassies of Spain in Mozambique, Nicaragua, Mexico and in the OECD in Paris, where he was responsible for political, economic and development cooperation issues. He has worked in various sections of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, in the follow-up of cooperation and bilateral relations and of the European Union with Latin America and with the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, heading the Sub-directorate General for Cooperation with Equatorial Guinea, and in the direction of the Office of Planning and Evaluation of Spanish cooperation. He has been General Director of Cooperation with Ibero-America in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation (1999-2001), Ambassador of Spain in El Salvador (2001-2004) and in Bolivia (2004-2008), and, back in Madrid, in 2008 , Ambassador in Special Mission for Development Policies. He was Ambassador of Spain in Cuba between June 2012 and April 2017.
In April 2017 he returned to the Ministry in Madrid, and in May he was appointed Ambassador in Special Mission for the 2030 Agenda.
Maria Fernanda Carvalho Francisco was elected Deputy President of the ITUC at the 3rd ITUC World Congress in Berlin in 2014, after serving as a member of the ITUC General Council. From the province of Malanje in Angola, she moved to the capital Luanda in 1985 and joined the local trade union of the national centre UNTA-CS.
In 1998, she was instrumental in the creation of the UNTA-CS Women’s Committee, which has been a driving force behind the increase of women in decision-making positions within the Angolan trade unions from 5 per cent in 1998 to 40 per cent today. She also successfully championed improved maternity rights in Angola, with an increase in the maternity leave standard from two to three months. Along with her international responsibilities, she serves as Assistant General Secretary of the UNTA-CS.
Paúl Ernesto Carrasco Carpio is an Ecuadorean politician and agricultural engineer. He is the current prefect of the province of Azuay. He was elected provincial councilor in the 2002 elections and prefect for three consecutive times in the 2004, 2009 and 2014 sectional elections. World President of the United Regions Organization / Global Forum of Associations of Regions, ORU-FOGAR from October 2012 to current and Vice President of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Organization for the Regional Section from October 2013 to present.
Ms. Ulrika Richardson-Golinski was appointed Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Cabo Verde and Resident Representative of UNDP, and UNFPA and UNICEF, on March 2013.
Previously, Ulrika served as Resident Representative of UNDP in Gabon (Oct 2012- Mar 2013), and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Turkey (Jun 2007- Oct 2012) and Cuba (Jun 2004- May 2007).
From 1995 to 1999, she worked at various levels at UN Volunteers in Geneva and Bonn, where she also managed programs, policies and evaluations, from 2001 to 2004.
Ulrika holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Economics, from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology, from the University of Lund, Sweden. She speaks English, French and Spanish.