Dr. Carpentier currently serves as Chief of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, New York Office of the Secretary-General.
She was actively involved in the successful negotiations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and responsible for the participation of more than 10,000 non-state actors – a record - in the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable development. Amongst her many published works, ‘Why Are We Behind on SDG Finance, and what can we do about it?.’ has highlighted many of the challenges and opportunities that exist to accelerate the 2030 agenda.
UNCTAD, together with other UN departments and agencies, document the root cause of delay and progress in implementation of the SDGs, as set out in the 2030 Agenda and also support implementation of Financing for Development, as mandated by the global community in the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda, together with four other major institutional stakeholders: the World Bank (WB), the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), coordinated by DESA.
Prior to joining the United Nations, she served as Head of the Trade, Economic, and Environment Program of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Commission for Environmental Cooperation (2000-2007), a policy analyst for the Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture (1998-2000) and a postdoctoral fellow for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in the Brazilian Amazon (1996-1998).
Among her accolades, she was ranked as one of the Top 100 Individuals helping to empower women and girls, was a 2006 Yale World Fellow and a UNEP Who’s Who’s of Women and the Environment. She has consulted to UNDP, WB, the Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development (OECD) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She holds a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Economics from Virginia Tech and a Masters and B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from McGill University.
In order to effectively deal with the ambition and complexity of meeting the SDGs, Dr. Carpentier believes that partnerships and closer cooperation with the private sector and civil society are essential and that each one of us has a role to play to achieve the SDGs by 2030.