Key U.N. role for Samoan woman

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Francella Strickland-Simonet.

Francella Strickland-Simonet.

A Samoan is playing a key role in the Office of the President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Francella Strickland-Simonet is Senior Adviser of the Sustainable Development Goals Implementation Team within the Office. 

As such, she is responsible for supporting the Office on issues related to Oceans and Climate Change, including the implementation and follow up of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Francella’s role also includes liaising with United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes, as well as with representatives of civil society organizations, think tanks and other stakeholders.

Francella joined the Samoa Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2001.  

She has served in the Samoa Embassy to Belgium with accreditation to the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat. 

Prior to joining the Office of the President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, she was Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Samoa Permanent Mission to the United Nations, since 2011.

In her career, she has participated in several regional and international negotiations, particularly those related to the environment, climate change, sustainable development, disarmament and human rights. 

More recently, during her posting in New York, she was involved in the negotiations of the “Future We Want”, the “SAMOA Pathway”, the “2030 Agenda for sustainable development” and the “Addis Ababa Action Agenda”. 

She was also the Mission’s focal point on the Second, Fourth and Fifth Committees, Oceans, Partnerships, HLPF, Executive Boards and Sustainable Tourism.

 – Information from the un.org 

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