"We must strengthen the international rules-based system, which has sustainable peace, cooperation, and problem-solving engraved in the Charter of the United Nations. With a century of history and experience to learn from and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to aim for, we must continue to push forward to provide effective responses to the world’s greatest challenges, and in doing so, make this world more inclusive and prosperous for the benefit of all."
Tatiana Valovaya is the 13th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UN Geneva) and the first woman to occupy this position.
Ms. Valovaya has more than 35 years of experience in public service, diplomacy and journalism. She began her career in 1983 in the editorial office of the Economic Gazette in Moscow, first as a correspondent, then as deputy editor of the Department of World Economy.
In 1989, Ms. Valovaya joined the Permanent Mission of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to the European Union (EU), where she served as Third Secretary. She then became Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU, until 1994. During her diplomatic career, she was in charge of financial and economic cooperation issues.
From 1995 to 1997, Ms. Valovaya worked at the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, where she was responsible for relations with the statutory bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). She then served as Head of the Monetary and Financial Policy Directorate at the Ministry for the CIS.
From 1999 to 2012, Ms. Valovaya worked in the Government administration of the Russian Federation as Deputy Director and then Director of the Department of International Cooperation.
Ms. Valovaya joined the Eurasian Economic Commission in 2012 as a Member of the Board (Minister) responsible for integration and macro-economic issues. In particular, she was in charge of implementing integration policies within the Eurasian Economic Commission, coordinating the formation processes of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, and the negotiation of free trade agreements between the Eurasian Economic Community and third countries. In addition, she was in charge of relations with international organizations.
In 1980, Ms. Valovaya graduated from the Faculty of International Economic Relations of the Moscow Finance Institute. She holds the scientific degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences (1st doctoral level scientific degree and the degree of Doctor of Economic Sciences from the Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation).
Ms. Valovaya has written more than 170 scientific and journalistic publications on issues of international monetary and credit relations, European and Eurasian economic integration and multilateral cooperation in the CIS framework.
In addition to her mother tongue, Russian, she speaks English and French.
"As the first female Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and having worked in male-dominated spheres during many years of my career, my ultimate goal is that women and men are granted equal opportunities in my organization and beyond. It is self-evident that we will not achieve any of our goals if half of humanity is left aside."
I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge:
Organize a follow up survey on staff perceptions about gender equality at UN Geneva to assess the impact of gender-related action over the past two years and inform the development of the UNOG gender equality policy after 2020.
Support a Gender Innovation Challenge open to UNOG staff to bring about innovative and concrete proposals to foster gender equality at UNOG.
The Director-General is responsible for all activities of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Although the work of UN Geneva mostly goes unseen by the public, it is vital for the United Nations and its partners. Headquartered in the historic Palais des Nations, UN Geneva provides the vital support necessary for the United Nations and its partners to serve the international community and communicate the Organization’s message to the public. UN Geneva is central to the functioning of International Geneva, with its concentration of more than 40 international organizations, 181 Permanent Missions and over 400 non-governmental organizations on the banks of Lake Geneva. The Director-General is appointed by, and accountable to, the Secretary-General.
As the representative of the Secretary-General, the Director-General undertakes special political assignments and representation as requested by the Secretary-General. She represents the Secretary-General in relations with Permanent Missions and observer offices based in Geneva and deals with the Swiss authorities in matters relating to the relevant privileges and immunities of staff of the United Nations system in Switzerland.
The Director-General also represents the Secretary-General in relations with regional organizations and arrangements. She maintains cooperation with the specialized agencies and programmes based in Switzerland and Europe as well as with other inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations and established institutions, including research and academic institutions headquartered in Europe.