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Susan McDade
UN Resident Coordinator for Uruguay
Ms. Susan McDade is the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Uruguay. She took up her duty in January 2010.
As Resident Coordinator Ms. McDade has the overall responsibility for coordinating operational activities for development carried out at the country level consistent with the objectives and priorities of the Government and the mandates and objectives of the United Nations System. The principal function of the UN Resident Coordinator is to manage a process of collaboration and cooperation between agencies of the UN system, both resident and non-resident. As in most countries, the UN Resident Coordinator for Uruguay is also UNDP’s Resident Representative. As such, Ms. McDade is responsible for seeing that UNDP-assisted country programmes are carried out effectively and efficiently.
Before her current position in Uruguay, Ms. McDade was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Cuba, serving form February 2006 until December 2009.
Previously, Ms. McDade worked at UNDP Headquarters in New York for ten years where she served as the Manager of the Sustainable Energy Programme. This is part of UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy (BDP). During this period Ms. McDade worked with other headquarter units and country offices in operationalizing the UNDP integral approach to energy in relation to poverty reduction and sustainable development through the provision of technical assistance and programme support in topics such as environment, job creation, the role of women and poverty alleviation as they relate to energy issues. She led UNDP’s analysis on linkages between access to energy services and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Prior to joining BDP in New York, Ms. McDade served as the Assistant Resident Representative in UNDP’s Country Office in Beijing, China, form 1992-1996. There she headed the Energy and Environment Division supervising UNDP programme activities to address ozone depleting substance phase out through the Montreal Protocol, greenhouse gas emissions mitigation and biodiversity protection through the Global Environment Facility, and projects to promote energy efficiency, clean coal technology and atmospheric pollution control through UNDP core funding.
Ms. McDade started her career with UNDP in 1990 as a Programme Officer in UNDP Guatemala Country Office dealing with projects in education, health, micro-credit and employment generation. This work focused on poverty reduction for the indigenous population as well as peace and national reconciliation.
Ms. McDade holds a Master's degree in Development Studies, specializing in Economic Policy and Planning from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, the Netherlands, where she studied and subsequently taught form 1987 – 1990. In 1986, Ms. McDade completed her Bachelor of Arts, honors with distinction, with a double major in International Development and Economics at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Prior to University she attended the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, Canada, a United World Collage focusing on international education to promote international understanding. There she completed her International Baccalaureate. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Ms. McDade comes from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.