NEW YORK – Jorge Chediek has been named Envoy on South-South Cooperation by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Chediek has been the Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) since 2015, leading UN system-wide promotion and cooperation for development. UNOSSC also houses the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty, or WACAP.

Mr. Chediek has spent his career working to develop innovative policies and facilitating dialogue between partners on social development. Prior to serving as Director of the UNOSSC, he served as the Resident Coordinator/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Brazil (2010-2015).  In that capacity, he was also the Director of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, UNDP’s global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning on social development innovations.  He served as Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Peru (2005-2010); United Nations Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Nicaragua (2001-2005); Deputy Resident Representative in Cuba (1999-2001); Deputy Resident Representative in Uruguay (1996-1999); Programme Management Officer, Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York (1994-1996); and Programme Officer and then Assistant Resident Representative in Turkey (1990-1994).

Preceding his United Nations career, Mr. Chediek worked at the Department of Legislative Analysis of the Argentinean Congress and as an independent consultant assisting in the design of financial investment systems in Argentina.

Born in 1960, he holds a Master of Science in foreign service (honors) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science (“Licenciado”) in political science from Catholic University in Buenos Aires, Argentina.