The United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, headlined a discussion on the future of multilateral peace-building hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace on 29 January 2020. USG DiCarlo is the first woman to lead DPPA and the highest-ranking American at the UN.
In keynote remarks, she highlighted the priority that Secretary-General António Guterres is putting on the United Nations’ delivering results, noting that he “has made a surge in diplomacy for peace. . . one of the main planks of the mandate.
“At the heart of this approach is prevention – prevention of conflict but also of the phenomena that lead to social, economic and political instability and fragility,” she said, warning of trends that “make conflicts significantly more intractable and difficult to resolve. . . . greater polarization at the global level and weakening support to multilateral processes complicate matters further. And nowhere has the combination of these negative trends been more visible today than in Libya.” She called for all parties to the conflict in Libya to respect the conclusions of the recent Berlin conference in order to reach a political solution there.
USG DiCarlo joined the UN after serving as a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, including as a deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and an acting U.S. Ambassador.