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Hanifa Mezoui

Senior Advisor, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

BACKGROUND Academic and professional background.

I hold a Doctorate in French Linguistics, an MA in French Literature, an MA in applied Linguistics and an MA in Business Administration from the University of Aix-en-Provence, France.

These are some of the awards I had received : UN-21, Republic of Italy-Pio Manzu, All India Education Fund Association- Scroll of Honor, The Women Organization Union of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Minister of Justice Algeria, UN-ONG-IRENE Association, Association Telecommunication Academy, World Federation of United Nations Associations, Women Together Award, Africa Vision Award.

I have enjoyed a distinguished career with the United Nations, Headquarter New-York, for the past 28 years. In the last ten of those years, I have been Chief of the NGO Section of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
From 15 January 2010 to January 2011, I was an Associate Fellow at UNITAR specializing on MDG Training and Teaching.
From September 2011 to September 2012 I joined the Office of the President of the Sixty Six.
Presently, I am a Senior Advisor to the High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations of the United Nations, Headquarter, New- York, H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser in charge of Humanitarian Affairs and Civil Society.

ACHIEVEMENTWhat is the project/initiative/startup/company you

The Informal Regional NGO network (UN-NGO-IRENE), was developed under my guidance as a critical channel for communicating key themes and programs between the UN and the NGO community, including marginalized groups in developing countries.

Since Mars 2009, I have been designated as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations and ECOSOC of the “International Association of the Economic and Social Councils and Similar institutions” (AICESIS), IGO in Observer status with ECOSOC.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ?

The United States.

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?

Sustainable Development is not a new concept, but it is now at the midst of the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda. The objective is to integrate economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. In that universal context we will leave no one behind and eliminate extreme poverty.

QUOTEA saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you.

“I have been a perfectionist my whole life… may be not a perfectionist but always looking for the best way to do things!”