Cristina Duarte of the Republic of Cabo Verde is the new special adviser on Africa to the UN secretary-general. A former minister of finance and planning in her country, she intends to bring to her role a renewed strategic narrative of 'Africa by Africa' to help the UN better deliver on the continent.
In an interview with UN News’ Elizabeth Scaffidi, Duarte lays out her vision and the policy focus needed for the continent’s sustainable development.
Elizabeth Scaffidi: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came into this role?
Cristina Duarte: I have quite long experience in leadership positions. I started very early. I had the opportunity to exercise leadership in the private sector, international financial system, multilateral organisations and then in the government.
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