Conversations in Diplomacy: Sigrid Kaag

Sep. 29, 2014 Series: Conversations in Diplomacy

In this “Conversation in Diplomacy,” with Under- Secretary-General Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director Cathryn Clüver discusses Kaag’s work in eliminating the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile and her journey as a female diplomat and Middle East expert. Kaag reflects on her recent success in negotiating with Syria to surrender its chemical weapons stockpile and credits the “continued constructive cooperation of Syria as a state party, and the Russian-US framework agreement,” as well as “timely support of member states” and the security council for the successful negotiation. Kaag expresses confidence in the resilience of the United Nations in tackling multi-faceted global issues in the context of the “summer of many crises,” although she recognizes that “our tools and instruments are not always quick enough and we need to up our game in order to really provide for all people – boys, girls, men, women – their rightful opportunity.” Speaking also on her personal evolution as a female diplomat, Kaag applauds the “respect and appreciation for competence and ability” in the Middle East and is optimistic about opportunities for educated mission-driven women in leadership positions in the region.

Sigrid Kaag brings a wealth of experience in international organizations and the diplomatic service, combined with country experience, notably in the Middle East, to her current position. Prior, Kaag was Assistant Secretary-General of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). She was Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Amman, Jordan (2007-2010). Early in her career, she worked for Shell International Petroleum Company in London.

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