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Magdy Martínez-Solimán

Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the 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 20 years, focusing on electoral assistance, public financial management, democratic transitions and 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 at Headquarters. 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.

He is UNDP's senior focal point for the 2030 Agenda and the Co-Chair of the UN Development Group's SDG Task Force.

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


July 19, 2017: Sustainable Development And Sustaining Peace: 2 Sides Of The Same Coin, HuffPost, #HLPF2017

April 25, 2017: Removing the Bottlenecks to Disaster Response Op-Ed in Media Planet, coinciding with 2015 Nepal Earthquake Second Anniversary.

April 9, 2017: Interview with Spanish National Radio with focus on SDGs-podcast link in Spanish

April 6, 2017: Op-Ed coinciding with Zika Report launch To fight Zika, fight poverty and inequality (co-authored with Jessica Faieta, RBLAC Director)

March 30, 2017: La extrema pobreza, de la costa atlántica al centro de África en 10 años #10AñosEPSocial - HDR launch 2016 - europa press/spanish

March 24, 2017: Progreso global... menos para los marginados - Interview with El Pais, Planeto Futura on HDR 2016

March 21, 2017:  La montée des violences dans le monde compromet les progrès du développement humain - Le Monde interview HDR Launch 2016 in Paris

March 3, 2017: Islamic Finance: An Innovative Avenue for Financing the Sustainable Development Goals, Huffington Post


Dec 9, 2016: On International Anti-Corruption Day: Development vs. corruption, Our Perspectives/UNDP

Dec 2, 2016: 2030 Agenda demands meaningful participation from persons with disabilities, blog in UNDP website

Nov 30, 2016: Managing displacement with development solutions  Article on Government Gazette

Nov 14, 2016: Climate plans aren’t just for the environment- Op-Ed, Huffington Post, English  

Nov 11, 2016:  L'environnement n'est pas le seul objet des plans climatiques - Op-Ed in Huffington Post French

Nov 4, 2016: Video Message Paris Agreement, Entry into Force - You Tube

Nov 4, 2016: Data Innovation Powering Sustainable Development Goals , blog in Inter Press Service

Nov 4, 2016: El clima no es solo medio ambiente - Op-Ed in El Pais, Planeta Futuro

Sept 27, 2016: Las buenas intenciones no bastan, y en la ONU... ¿lo saben? - El Pais Interview/Article

Sept 22, 2016: Sustaining Peace for Development - Huffington Post

Sept 18, 2016: Les migrants et réfugiés, un problème mondial ou solution locale ? - Huffington Post French

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   

July 20, 2016 : The Sustainable Development Goals Are Coming to Life - The Huffington Post

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)

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