Director of the Rule of Law Unit at the Executive Office of the United Nations' Secretary-General Alejandro E. Alvarez visits ECNU

2018-12-10

On November 27, Alejandro E. Alvarez, the Director of the Rule of Law Unit at the Executive Office of the United Nations’ Secretary-General, paid a visit to East China Normal University. Yang changli, vice chairman of the University Council, met with Alvarez. Director of the International Exchange Division Zhou Yunxuan and other officials attended the meeting.

Director of the Rule of Law Unit at the Executive Office of the United Nations' Secretary-General Alejandro E. Alvarez visits ECNU.

Yang welcomed Mr. Alvarez to visit ECNU. She said that ECNU, as a world-class university in China, has been actively implementing the government's measures on participating in global governance, cultivating and providing outstanding international talents, as well as maintaining friendly exchanges with international organizations, especially departments of the United Nations.

Alvarez said China is actively participating in global governance, as advocated by President Xi Jinping. He expects China to play a stronger and bigger role on the global stage in the future, and Chinese universities to become more involved in global governance. He also indicated that he would promote long-term exchanges and cooperation between the two parties, with the Rule of Law Unit at the Executive Office of the United Nations’ Secretary-General as the starting point.

During discussion, the two sides also exchanged views on the intention of carrying out internship programs, and cooperation and exchanges in the fields of law and the rule of law.

Alvarez gives a keynote speech on United Nations and Global Governance through the Rule of Law.

After the meeting, Alvarez gave a keynote speech on United Nations and Global Governance through the Rule of Law to over 200 teachers and students in the North Zhongshan Road campus. Taking the United Nations as one of the essential elements of global governance of our times and the most developed expression of multilateralism as the background, Alvarez introduced that the United Nations has made positive contributions to global governance, amongst different tools, through the adoption of international law, the establishment of international standards, and the provision of international assistance to Member States.

Alvarez visits the Law School of ECNU.

Alvarez makes a special report on United Nations’ Support to the Rule of Law.

On the afternoon of the same day, Alvarez visited the Law School of ECNU, held discussions with Wu Zeyong, executive vice Director of the Law School, Tian Lei, Assistant Director, and other officials. He also made a special report on United Nations’ Support to the Rule of Law for teachers and students of the Law School. Alvarez took his own experiences in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) that he implemented the Rule of Law projects, working as the Team Leader for Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights, during his stay in Haiti, somalia, Guatemala, countries such as Afghanistan and east timor as vivid cases. He interpreted how the United Nations support its members to strengthen the Rule of Law, and analyzed the challenges and opportunities faced by the international cooperation in this field. He also expressed the hope that China, as a major country enjoying an increasing voice in the international community, will further contribute to the maintenance of justice and peace in the world.

During his stay in Shanghai, Alvarez also called on the leaders of the Shanghai municipal government and the Shanghai higher people's court for friendly exchanges.

Since April 2017, Alejandro Alvarez is the Director of the Rule of Law Unit at the Executive Office of the United Nations’ Secretary-General. His role is to coordinate the work of the UN in support of the Rule of Law and develop system wide policies. His office is the focal point at the EOSG for counter terrorism, drugs and crime, genocide prevention, sexual violence in conflict and human rights.

Previously, Mr. Alvarez was the Team Leader for Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights at the United Nations Development Programme. UNDP implements projects in the area of Rule of Law in approximately 100 countries. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Alvarez led a team based in New York and in 5 regional centers that designs, monitors and supports the implementation of multi-year programs.

Beyond UNDP, Mr. Alvarez performed UN system-wide tasks as a manager of the UN Global Focal Point for police, justice and corrections, which is the UN operational mechanism created by the Secretary General in support of peace operations and UN Country Teams in the area of rule of law. He was also the co-chair of the UN Security Sector Reform Taskforce.  

Mr. Alvarez also served in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake as rule of law project manager, worked as a Justice & Security Sector Reform Regional Adviser in UNDP for the Latin American and Caribbean region based in Panama, and as rule of law officer in the UN Mission in Guatemala. ECNU is the only university that he paid visit to during his stay in Shanghai.


Translated & Edited by Wenjun Guo

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华东师范大学
East China Normal University