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.
Published Op-Eds, Key Interviews and News Reports
Sept 15, 2016: Migrants and Refugees: A Global Problem or a Local Solution ? - Huffington Post English
Sept 1, 2016: A Future Free of Corruption and Violence - Impakter Magazine
July 25, 2016: Preventive diplomacy for the Mediterranean crisis (Spanish) - El Pais
Apr 28, 2016: Migrants Mean Business - The Huffington Post
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
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
Sep 23, 2015: The next 15 years - Financial Times, This is Africa
Aug 21, 2015: The 100-day dash for climate action - Devex
Jan 2015: Ebola - BBC World Service Interview