Alicia Bárcena Ibarra

Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Ms. Alicia Bárcena assumed office as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on 1 July 2008. She had previously served as the Under‐Secretary‐General for Management at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the former Secretary‐General, Mr. Kofi Annan. She held the post of Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC and Director of the Environment and Human Settlements Division.
Ms. Bárcena has published numerous articles on sustainable development, public policy, environmental issues, and public participation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Ms. Barcena has been awarded honoris causa doctorates from the University of Oslo, Norway, the University of Havana, Cuba, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She received the 2013 medal in International Relations of the University of Anáhuac.

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