Afghanistan’s first female Permanent Representative to the United Nations stresses continued protection of women’s rights and the environment.
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 9, 2019 - Afghanistan’s 12th Permanent Representative to the United Nations since its founding in 1945, The Initiative alumna Adela Raz (Simmons College 2008 | Tufts Fletcher School 2010), presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on International Women’s day yesterday.
During their meeting, Ambassador Raz and Secretary-General Guterres discussed the Afghan Peace Process, the importance of protecting women’s rights gains made in the last 17 years and the environment. Afghanistan has been affected severely by climate change as evidenced by recent droughts in the country.
Prior to her appointment as Permanent Representative, Ambassador Raz developed an extensive career in the field of economic development. In 2013, she was appointed as the first female Spokesperson and Director of Communications for President Hamid Karzai. Following the election of President Ashraf Ghani, she was appointed to the role of Chief of Staff at the Administrative Office of the President in November 2014 and then to the role she held prior to her appointment as Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March 2016.