2023 FPA/SUNY Global Engagement Speaker Series

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Foreign Policy Association
SUNY Global Center

Event Details

Thursday, October 12, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
SUNY Global Center
116 East 55th Street
New York , NY
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Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association and the SUNY Global Engagement Program for the FPA-SUNY Global Engagement  Speaker Series, delivered by Ms. Jessica Faieta, Senior Fellow at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affiars and a graduate of SUNY New Paltz. The lecture will have a reception to follow. 

The title of her lecture will be "Is Latin America the most violent region in the world?" The homicide rates in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to be among the highest in the world. How is crime, gang violence and drug trafficking affecting development in the Region? How is citizen insecurity interlinked with challenges to governance, democracy and migration flows in the continent? Faieta uses various data sources to analyze the situation and to reflect on policy choices. 


Check-in will begin at 5:30pm, and the lecture will begin at 6:00pm. 

Here is the link to join the lecture virtually via Zoom. 

Event Speakers

    • Jessica Faieta - Speaker
      Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs

      Jessica Faieta is currently a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Jackson School of Global Affairs at Yale University, where she teaches on development issues in Latin America and on the work of the United Nations on the ground.

      In 2021, she retired from the United Nations System after a distinguished 30-year career that spanned the development, peace and humanitarian pillars. Her last post was in Colombia where she served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the UN Mission for the verification of the Peace Accords. She was also the UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) overseeing some 3000 staff and a program of $450 million a year.

      From 2014 to 2018, she was UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has held other positions of leadership and responsibility such as Senior Country Director of UNDP in Haiti where she led the reconstruction efforts after the 2010 earthquake, and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in El Salvador and Belize. She served in the Executive Office of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the UNDP Administrator. Ms. Faieta also had assignments in Argentina, Cuba, Guyana, and Panama. She has led the preparation of several major regional publications such as the UNDP Human Development Reports, written and been widely quoted in the Region's media.

      Jessica Faieta is Ecuadorian and speaks four languages. She holds a master’s degrees in international affairs and in Business Administration from Columbia University in New York. She is a Yale World Fellow and Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow. Her undergraduate degree is in Economics from the State University of New York at New Paltz