Aparna Mehrotra

Ms. Aparna Mehrotra of India has been working with the United Nations for nearly 30 years in several capacities. She served in the United Nations Development Programme in Argentina, Angola and Indonesia, and with the United Nations Capital Development Fund over seeing the development programme on least developed countries including Bolivia, Nicaragua and Bangladesh. As Deputy Chief of the Regional Programme Division in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean she also served as the focal point for gender, led the UNDP Latin America contingent to the World Women's Conference in Beijing, undertook peace-keeping assignments in Nicaragua and Mexico and chaired the Disciplinary Committee of several agencies of the UN system for five years adjudicating cases of misconduct. In 1997 she co-founded the Women's Human Rights Campaign in Latin America focusing on national campaigns in 13 countries to eliminate violence against women and in 2003 authored the Directive against sexual harassment for the UN Military andPolice contingents. Between 2001 and 2016 she served as the Focal Point for Women in the UN system monitoring and reporting on issues of relevance to the status of women and their representation.She also co-founded, coordinated and led for the development and implementation of the UN System Wide Action Plan for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, the only unified accountability framework for gender for the UN system globally. The framework encompasses65 entities/institutions of the UN system. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University, a law degree and speaks six languages.She is currently Director, Division for Coordination of the UN system in UN Women.