Magdy Martínez-Solimán

Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director Bureau for Policy and Programme Support


Magdy Martínez-Solimán is Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, and UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.  Prior to this appointment he was the Deputy Director, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP.

He is a lawyer by training, a former practicing barrister and Assistant Professor of International Law. He has worked and written on Political Systems and provided legal counseling in Constitutional and Administrative Law.

In his professional career, he has been State Secretary for Youth in the Spanish National Government, CEO of two public corporations and member of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games in Barcelona 92. He was also Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, in charge of relations with the Parliament of Andalusia, and elected member of the Municipal Council of his hometown Malaga, the fourth city of the country.

Mr. Martínez-Solimán has been working for the UN for 15 years, focusing on Institutional Development of Legislatures, the Judiciary, Electoral Legislation, Anti-corruption strategies, Accountability in Public Financial Management and Democratic Transitions & National Dialogue. He was posted in Burundi, Togo, Bangladesh and Senegal. He was UNDP’s Senior Governance Adviser for the 18 West African countries from 2000 to 2003, and until 2006, he was the Practice Manager of UNDP’s Democratic Governance Team. That year he was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as the first Executive Director of the UN Democracy Fund.

From January 2008 until February 2012, he was the UN Resident Coordinator in Mexico and UNDP’s Resident Representative.

Mr. Martínez-Solimán initiated his Law Studies at the University Complutense of Madrid, holds a degree in Law (Juris Doctor) from the Universidad de Malaga and has been a Member of the Spanish Bar Association since 1984.


External Media

Published Op-Eds, Key Interviews and News Reports

May 9, 2016: Les migrants, une chance pour l'économie - The Huffington Post French

Apr 28, 2016: Migrants Mean Business - The Huffington Post

Apr 20, 2016: Interview  with the Ganbara Program, the reference in the Basque Country for information and opinion, on radio in Spanish

Apr 20, 2016: News: Álava expresa su compromiso con la Agenda 2030 y los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible aprobados por Naciones Unidas

Apr 20, 2016: News: Oregi asiste a la presentación de la Agenda 2030 y los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de Naciones Unidas en las Jornadas Internacionales de Unesco Etxea

Apr 18, 2016: The war on drugs has failed: time to stop fighting and start thinking -The Guardian

Mar 30, 2016: No Forced Migrant Left Behind - Government Gazette

Mar 14, 2016: Terrorism can stunt progress for decades - The Guardian

Feb 17, 2016: UNDP 50th Anniversary - Radio France Internationale

Jan 6, 2016: 'Embracing volatility' at UNDP and beyond - Devex (Video)

Dec 14, 2015: UNDP Human Development Report launch 2015 - Spanish Radio

Oct 30, 2015: UNDP Human Development Report Launch- L'Humanite (French/Interview)

Oct 28, 2015: The Richer Poverty Line - The Huffington Post

Oct 17, 2015: Our Shared Responsibility - The Girls' Rights Gazette  

May 19, 2015: Building Back Better- The Kathmandu Post Op-Ed

Sep 23, 2015: The next 15 years - Financial Times, This is Africa

Sep 18, 2015: Post-2015 development agenda: Opportunities for action on climate change - Government Gazette

Sep 16, 2015: Cities Will Be 2015’s Biggest Winners - The Huffington Post

Aug 21, 2015: The 100-day dash for climate action - Devex

Jul 11, 2015: Now nations must walk the talk of investing in our people and planet - The Guardian

May 27, 2015: Quake aid to Nepal in race against oncoming monsoon rains: UN official - Global Times

May 26, 2015: Nepal earthquake victims without shelter ahead of monsoon rains

May 20, 2015: UN official says building laws need to be enforced in Nepal - The World Post/ Huffington Post

May 15, 2015: Opinion: Clean Energy Access, a Major Sustainable Development Goal - Inter Press Service (IPS)

Mar 9, 2015: A tale of two cities: managing the risks of rapid urbanization - Financial Times, This is Africa

Jan 2015: Ebola - BBC World Service Interview