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Barbara Ward Lecture 2021: Rebeca Grynspan

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IET London: Savoy Place, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL, United Kingdom

Rebeca Grynspan, secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, will deliver the 2021 Barbara Ward Lecture.

About this event

En español debajo

Join IIED on 6 December in person and online for a lecture by Rebeca Grynspan, the secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

About the speaker:

Rebeca Grynspan is an economist with three decades of ministerial and UN experience, who has championed finance for development and women's leadership.

At the 2021 Barbara Ward Lecture she will discuss:

Costa Rica’s journey to global climate leadership – what can we learn from a good example?

As IIED’s latest Outstanding Woman in Development, Ms Grynspan’s lecture will reveal how her time in government in Costa Rica – working on environment and climate policies – helped lay the groundwork for Costa Rica’s ambitious climate change agenda, eventually winning the small South American country many accolades, including this year’s Earthshot ‘Protect and Restore Nature’ prize announced at COP26. Ms Grynspan will outline the major challenges in realising these important global goals and the lessons for others pursuing similar aims.

As UNCTAD's new secretary-general, Rebeca Grynspan – the first woman to take on this role – has announced that she will fight for the women that will follow in her footsteps and bring the voice of the person on the street to the global stage. She says that trade impacts our lives every day, and at UNCTAD she aims to make trade more just and fairer for all citizens of the world – to have development that is resilient, inclusive, and sustainable.

A former vice-president of Costa Rica, she is a renowned advocate of human development and has helped to focus the world’s attention on issues such as the reduction of inequality and poverty, gender equality, South-South cooperation as a tool for development, and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to joining UNCTAD, Ms Grynspan was the secretary-general of the Ibero-American General Secretariat from 2014 to 2021 — again, the first woman to lead the organisation. She is also a former under secretary-general of the United Nations and associate administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and a former regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the organisation.

This event will offer Spanish interpretation for people joining the livestream online.

Opening the lecture Dr David Satterthwaite, senior fellow in the Human Settlements research group at IIED, will reflect on working with Barbara Ward and 50 years of sustainable development. We're also delighted to welcome Dr Tara Shine, environmental scientist and chair of IIED's board of trustees, to lead a question-and-answer session with Ms Grynspan.

For those people attending in person, an informal drinks reception will follow the lecture, giving an opportunity for networking and catching up with colleagues.

IIED's Barbara Ward Lectures celebrate outstanding women in development – please join us either online or in person! To accept this invitation, click on the green 'Register' button at the top of this page.

About attending


Monday, 6 December 2021, 6.30 - 8.30pm (GMT)

This is a free event, and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are attending in person, please arrive at IET London: Savoy Place in good time. 

Online event participation

In addition to the in-person event at IET London: Savoy Place, we are offering a digital-only ticket option for this event which will include Spanish interpretation. Please click to register to attend on the virtual-only ticket.

What time do I need to be at IET London: Savoy Place?

We will try to start promptly at 7pm and recommend you arrive in time to register from 6.30pm and take your seat at least 15 minutes in advance of the start time. If you haven't checked in by then we may offer your place to those waiting for returns.

Do you let in latecomers?

We discourage latecomers and reserve the right to refuse admission in these cases. If there is space in the room, and the event will not be disturbed by late arrivals, then we will allow it.

Is my place guaranteed?

Your registration is not an absolute guarantee of a place in the lecture theatre. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those with tickets. Not everyone who books uses their ticket, so, to ensure a full house, we offer more tickets than there are places. This method usually leads to a full room, but on rare occasions we may be a few places out. Please do arrive in good time to take your seat 15 minutes before the start time to avoid disappointment.


The Turing Lecture Theatre, IET London: Savoy Place, No. 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

How do I get there?

IET London: Savoy Place is located on a street also called Savoy Place, which is between Victoria Embankment and the Strand, near Waterloo Bridge. (The location is highlighted on the map at the bottom of this page.)

The closest tube stations are Embankment and Temple. Embankment tube station is served by the Northern, Bakerloo, Circle and District lines. You can find detailed travel information on the IET London: Savoy Place website

Is there bicycle parking?

There is a docking station for Santander Cycles hire right outside IET London: Savoy Place on the Embankment.

Between Embankment and Temple stations, there are 20 bike parking locations, including the Strand. Each location has from 2-14 spaces.

Is there parking nearby?

We would strongly advise using public transport; IET London: Savoy Place is located within London's congestion charge zone. There is limited parking on metered bays behind Embankment Gardens. The closest NCP car park is in Drury Lane, Covent Garden.

Do I need to bring a ticket to get in?

When you register you will get a confirmation email with a PDF attachment that is your ticket. Please present this ticket when you arrive. You can either print out the PDF ticket or keep the email on your mobile phone and show us the attachment when you arrive. Tickets are not transferrable. If you misplace your ticket, please let us know by emailing us at [email protected] and we can issue a replacement.

Where I can contact the organisers with questions?

If you have any questions about attending the 2021 Barbara Ward Lecture, please email us at this address: [email protected].

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

While the government has eased COVID-19 restrictions, IET London: Savoy Place is still encouraging social distancing and asks that you wear face coverings in public areas of the building.

The ventilation systems in the lecture theatre will be configured to operate 24 hours per day at 100% as per current government guidelines prior to and during the event. Sanitiser stands will be available outside each entrance.

In order to protect the staff of IET London: Savoy Place, please ensure that you have taken a lateral flow test on the day of the event. If you are feeling unwell we would kindly request that you do not attend the event in person. The event will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person.

Access for people with disabilities

IET London: Savoy Place is fully accessible. Hearing and visual assistance is available at the reception desks, and assistance dogs are welcome. You can find full information about access for people with disabilities on the IET London: Savoy Place website

Disabled parking bays are available on the following streets (the number indicates the number of disabled bays on that road): Whitehall Place: 2, Long Acre: 2, Floral Street: 1.

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Photo: Rebeca Grynspan, UNCTAD

En español

Conferencia Barbara Ward 2021: Rebeca Grynspan

Rebeca Grynspan, la primera mujer secretaria general de la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre Comercio y Desarrollo (UNCTAD) y ex vicepresidenta de Costa Rica, pronunciará la conferencia Barbara Ward del IIED 2021.

Rebeca Grynspan es economista con tres décadas de experiencia ministerial y en la ONU, y ha defendido la financiación para el desarrollo y el liderazgo de las mujeres.

En la conferencia Barbara Ward de 2021, Grynspan hablarà sobre:

El viaje de Costa Rica hacia el liderazgo climático mundial: ¿qué podemos aprender de un buen ejemplo?

Pronunciada Mujer Destacada del Sector del Desarrollo por IIED, la conferencia de la Sra. Grynspan revelará cómo su paso por el gobierno de Costa Rica - trabajando en políticas medioambientales y climáticas - sentó las bases de la ambiciosa agenda costarricense sobre el cambio climático, que fue merecedora de numerosos reconocimientos incluido el premio Earthshot "Proteger y restaurar la naturaleza" de este año, anunciado durante la COP26.

Además, la Sra. Grynspan expondrá los principales retos que plantea la consecución de estos importantes objetivos globales, así como valiosas lecciones para quienes persigan objetivos similares.

La nueva secretaria general de la UNCTAD, Rebeca Grynspan - la primera mujer en asumir este cargo - ha anunciado que luchará por las mujeres que sigan sus pasos y llevará la voz del ciudadano de a pie a la escena mundial.

Dice que el comercio tiene un impacto diario en nuestras vidas, y en la UNCTAD Grynspan se propone conseguir que el comercio sea más justo y equitativo para todos los ciudadanos del mundo, para así alcanzar un desarrollo que sea resiliente, inclusivo y sostenible.

Ex vicepresidenta de Costa Rica, la Sra. Grynspan es una reconocida defensora del desarrollo humano y ha contribuido a fijar la atención global en cuestiones como la reducción de la desigualdad y la pobreza, la igualdad de género, la cooperación Sur-Sur como herramienta de desarrollo y la consecución de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de la ONU.

Antes de incorporarse a la UNCTAD, Rebeca Grynspan fue secretaria general de la Secretaría General Iberoamericana de 2014 a 2021, siendo otra vez la primera mujer en dirigir la organización. También fue secretaria general adjunta de las Naciones Unidas y administradora asociada del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (UNDP), así como ex directora regional para América Latina y el Caribe en la misma organización.

El evento ofrecerá interpretación en español para las personas que se unan a la transmisión en directo en línea.

El Dr. David Satterthwaite (en inglés), investigador principal del grupo de investigación sobre asentamientos humanos del IIED (en inglés), abrirá la conferencia con una reflexión sobre trabajar con Barbara Ward y los 50 años de desarrollo sostenible. También nos enorgullece dar la bienvenida a la Dra. Tara Shine (en inglés), científica medioambiental y presidenta del consejo de administración del IIED, quien dirigirá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con la Sra. Grynspan.

Cómo asistir


Lunes 6 de diciembre de 2021, de 6.30-8.30pm GMT (12.30-2.30pm CST)

Este evento es gratuito y las plazas se asignarán por orden de llegada. Si asiste en persona, le rogamos que llegue al IET London: Savoy Place con tiempo suficiente.

Participación en el evento en línea

Además del evento presencial en IET London: Savoy Place, ofrecemos una opción de entrada digital para este evento que incluirá interpretación al español. Por favor, regístrese para asistir con la entrada virtual.

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