Patricia Chaves is currently a Senior Sustainable Development Officer at the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development. Ms. Chaves has 20 years of in-depth knowledge and experience in international policy development and policy making, having supported and guided meetings of intergovernmental bodies for a number of years. She has been exposed to the complexity of negotiations both in the public and private sectors giving her the valuable experience of addressing development issues as a negotiator, policy-maker and practitioner.
She has worked extensively in sustainable development issues at the national, regional and international levels as well as promoting and enhancing the use of partnerships among different stakeholders as one of the most participatory mechanisms to effectively implement sustainable development commitments. In particular, Ms.Chaves has acquired valuable knowledge of the challenges faced by developing countries in the implementation of internationally agreed development goals and commitments as well as been deeply involved in the normative and operational work of the United Nations. As a member of the UN Secretariat’s team servicing the Rio+20 Conference (Brazil – 2012), Ms. Chaves was instrumental in the conceptualization and organization of the Partnerships Forum at that Conference which is considered the largest conference ever convened by the United Nations.
Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Chaves was a career Foreign Service officer of the government of Costa Rica, serving as one of the key negotiators of that country on issues related to environment, finance, forests, macroeconomics and sustainable development at the Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations, as part of the team chairing the Group of 77 and China and at UN Summits such as the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.
Ms. Chaves was the Co-Director of the Costa Rica-Canada Initiative on Forests during its first year of establishment in 1999.
She has a Master’s Degree in Government with a focus on Economic Policy from Lehigh University.
At GSC Board Patricia oversees the relationships with the UN.