Regional Policy Adviser on Poverty, MDGs and Human Development,
Regional Service Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean
Gonzalo Pizarro is the Regional Policy Adviser on Poverty, MDGs and Human Development in UNDP’s Regional Service Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, he was a Policy Specialist on MDGs with the Poverty Group of UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy in New York. Mr. Pizarro joined the United Nations in 2005 as Policy Adviser for Water Resources at the UN Millennium Project (UNMP), an initiative commissioned by the UN Secretary-General in 2002 to recommend a plan of action to reverse extreme poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people.
Since joining the UN system, Mr. Pizarro has focused on mainstreaming the MDGs in national development strategies. He was part of the team that developed and subsequently supported the roll-out of the MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF). He has worked in countries as diverse as, Bhutan, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi and Tajikistan to help develop MDG-based national development strategies.
Mr. Pizarro previously worked as an independent consultant in water resources management and environmental sustainability issues in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan and Uruguay.
Mr. Pizarro is a Chilean national and holds a PhD in Water Resources Management from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University, New York.