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United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Switzerland
Tongue : French
Organisation : United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Dr. Carlos Lopes was appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on 1st March 2007. In addition, the UN Secretary-General has appointed Carlos Lopes as Director a.i. of the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), since November 2007. Dr. Lopes was previously UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Political Director in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, in New York.
Dr. Lopes has actively contributed to research on development issues. Specialized in development and strategic planning, he has authored or edited 20 books and taught at Universities and academic institutions in Lisbon, Coimbra, Zurich, Uppsala, Mexico, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. He is affiliated with a number of academic networks, and has helped establish various non-governmental organizations and centers for social research, in particular in Africa. In August 2008, Carlos Lopes was elected to the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, Portugal.
After serving in his native Guinea-Bissau, in the public service in the areas of research, diplomacy and planning, Dr. Lopes joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in 1988, as a development economist. While at UNDP, he occupied various positions, including Deputy Director for the Office of Evaluation and Strategic Planning, Resident Representative in Zimbabwe and Deputy, and then Director of the New York-based Bureau for Development Policy. Dr. Lopes was a member of UNDP’s Executive team, in recognition for the role he played in developing UNDP’s decentralized policy advisory services and knowledge networking systems. He also managed UNDP’s global programme, with a portfolio of $1 billion. In June 2003 he became the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Brazil, the then largest UNDP programme in the world.
Carlos Lopes holds a PhD in history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and several degrees in development studies from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He has also received an Honorary PhD from the University of Cândido Mendes, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in Social Sciences.
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UN Assistant Secretary General
Executive Director of UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research, based in Geneva)
Director UNSSC (United Nations System Staff College, based in Turin) [since March 2007-present]
Immediately prior function
UN Assistant Secretary General and Political Director, Executive Office of the UN Secretary General (in charge of Political, Humanitarian, Peacekeeping matters).
Diploma on Development Studies, Institut Universitaire d’Études du Developpement (IUED), University of Geneva, Switzerland (B.A. equivalent) .
Research Diploma on Development Studies (M.A.), IUED/University of Geneva (mention très bien) .
“Diplôme d’Études Approfondies” on African History, University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne .
Doctorate (PhD) on History, University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, (mention très honorable) .
Doctorate (Honoris Causa) on Social Sciences, Universidade Cândido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, attributed by the University Senate .
Socio-Economist with vast experience on Capacity Development, Political Affairs and Strategic Planning, with a background in academic and public sector institutions.
More than 170 articles published in journals and collective books from Angola, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Cuba, France, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Portugal, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, US, and Zimbabwe.
Monthly Chronicle in Público, Lisbon (one of three leading Portuguese daily newspapers),1996-2003.
Member of the editorial board of the following journals:
Boletim de Informaçao Socio-Económica, (Ministry of Planning/INEP, Bissau) [1984-1993].
Boletim de Informação Científica e Técnica, (INEP, Bissau) [1990-1995].
Soronda, Revista de Estudos Guineenses, (INEP, Bissau) [1984-1998].
Revista Internacional de Estudos Africanos, (Lisbon University) [1986-1990].
Angolê, Angolan Cultural Review, (Lisbon) [1986 –1988].
NaTCAP Newsletter, (UNDP, New York) [1989-1992].
Lusotopies, (Karthala, Paris) [since 1996].
Mundo em Português, (Instituto Estudos Estrategicos Internacionais, Lisbon) [since 1999].
Africa, (University of São Paulo) [since 2004].
Cooperation South (UNDP, New York) [since 2004]
African Review of Books (Guest Editor, CODESRIA, Dakar)
African Identities (Routledge, London) [since 2005]
Desafios (Founder of this Brazilian largest development economics magazine) [2004-2006].
Politicas Culturais em Revista
African Sociological Review (CODESRIA-Rhodes University, Dakar/Port Elizabeth) [since 2008]
Cooperação e Desenvolvimento Humano, Universidade Estadual de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2005
Racismo, pobreza e violência. Relatório de Desenvolvimento Humano do Brasil, (lead author), UNDP, Brasilia, 2005
Desenvolvimento para céticos, (co-authored with Thomas Theisohn) Universidade Estadual de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2006.