State Secretary Ulrika Modéer gets top job at UNDP

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has today appointed Ulrika Modéer Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). As part of the UNDP leadership, Ms Modéer will lead the strategic work on financing issues and external communications.

"The UNDP is one of the main actors in the work on the Sustainable Development Goals. Nothing could be more important in light of the challenges the world is currently facing. I will represent the UNDP and build alliances with all development actors, between states, the private sector and civil society. I am proud, happy and keen to contribute to this work," says Ms Modéer.

Ms Modéer is currently responsible for aid issues on the political staff of Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

"Her appointment shows that Ulrika Modéer's competence in international development cooperation and aid has made a significant impression in the UN. She has long experience and strong engagement from both politics and work in the field. Ulrika Modéer is a strong advocate of aid effectiveness and is very knowledgeable about financing issues and the range of important issues on which the UNDP works. I would like to warmly congratulate Ulrika Modéer for being appointed to this senior position at the UNDP," says Ms Lövin.

The UNDP is the UN's largest body in the development field, with operations in 170 countries. The UNDP works on the issues that are the main focus of Swedish aid: conflict prevention, poverty reduction, the environment, climate, democracy development and human rights.
Ms Modéer will take up her new post in the summer.