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UN Appointed Economist Jayati Ghosh to the 2nd term High-level Advisory Board on Economic, Social Affairs

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Jayati-Ghosh-namedJayati Ghosh (65 years), Indian development economist has been appointed by the United Nations to its 2nd term of High-level Advisory Board (HLAB-II) on Economic and Social Affairs.

She has been appointed for a 2-year term on the board of 20 prominent individuals which will provide recommendations for the U.N. Secretary-General to respond to the current and future socio-economic challenges in the post-COVID-19 world.

High-level Advisory Board on Economic, Social Affairs:

i.The UN’s High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs was first established in June 2018 to strengthen the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).

ii.It was established as a part of the efforts to enhance support to Member States of the United Nations in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

iii.The HLAB II will focus on strengthening the UN’s leadership on sustainable development and to reinforce the impacts on the forefront of sustainable Development policies at global, regional and local level.

About Jayati Ghosh:

i.Jayati Ghosh is currently working as the Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

ii.She worked as the economics professor for around 34 years at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

iii.She has been serving as the Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS) since 2002.

iv.She has consulted for several international organisations, including International Labour Organization(ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN DESA, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and UN Women.

v.She is the Founding Trustee of the Economic Research Foundation

vi.She was the Chairperson of the Commission on Farmers’ Welfare in 2004 constituted by the state government of Andhra Pradesh in India, and Member of the National Knowledge Commission reporting to the Prime Minister of India (2005-09).

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