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Maltese Women as International Leaders

Maltese Women as International Leaders: H.E Vanessa Frazier

H.E. Vanessa Frazier, Permanent Representative of Malta to the United Nations, has been elected Chair of the UN Second Committee (Economic and Financial Committee) for the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly. Ambassador Frazier has been elected with unanimous support from the United Nations Membership today and will take on her role as of October 2021.

Ambassador Frazier will lead, for the first time in UN history, a Bureau made up of all women together with three Vice-Chairs from Poland, Dominican Republic and Eritrea, and Rapporteur from Nepal. This will be the highest post a Maltese woman diplomat has been elected to at the UN and the next high-level post after H.E. Guido de Marco, then Foreign Minister of Malta, was elected as President of the General Assembly for its 45th Session in 1990.

The Second Committee of the UN General Assembly deals with issues relating to development and economic growth. Ambassador Frazier’s role as Chair will be to guide the 193 Member States of the UN on such discussions and to eventually, adopt the Committee’s resolutions. The work of the Second Committee is crucial to the mandate of the United Nations as it steers its work on the central role of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By dealing with the eradication of poverty, financing for development, climate change, globalization, food security and global partnerships, the Second Committee is continuously engaged with issues of relevant and common global concerns.

In a recent twitter post, H.E. Vanessa Frazier declared that she is honoured to be elected in such an important international post.

This is not the first time that H.E Vanessa Frazier was recognised for her professional work in the diplomatic scene. In fact, in 2013 Ambassador Frazier was selected as a “Woman Inspiring Europe” by the European Institute for Gender Equality and the French Government awarded her the honour of Knight in the National Order of Merit for her work during the Libyan revolution. Ambassador Frazier was also recently awarded the Gran Croce of the Italian Medal of Honor as well as the Gran Croce Medal of Honour from the Brazilian government. She has received various other awards from local governments and entities during her postings attesting to her work to the promotion of culture and the advancement of bilateral relations with these states. In 2019 Ambassador Frazier also received the Ambassador Alfred Zarb Ambassadorial Award for lifelong diplomatic achievement, the highest award conferred by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta onto its Ambassadors.

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