The United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs announced 20 “prominent personalities, globally renowned for their intellectual leadership in economic and social fields, will form the second United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs.” The Indian development economist, Jayati Ghosh is one of those 20 people.
65-year-old Jayati Ghosh is currently a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has previously taught economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University for about 35 years.
Ghosh has also authored several books. She had done her M.A, M.MPhil. courses in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Then she went on to complete her PhD in the subject from Cambridge University.
The high-level advisory board will provide recommendations for the UN Secretary-General. As per their guidance, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres can respond to the current and future socio-economic challenges in the post-COVID-19 world.
The board includes a diverse group of experts from different parts of the world. They are to closely collaborate with UNDESA. Another goal of the expert board is to advance the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Further, the board will be in office for a period of two years. During this period, it will aim to strengthen the United Nations through leadership on sustainable development and reinforce its impact on policies from global to local level.
The first United Nations High-level Advisory Board was established in June 2018. Their goal was to support the U.N. Member States in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Certainly, the efforts of the board over the last two years expanded the understanding of UNDESA of some of the most burning economic and social issues shaping the world. Not only that, it inspired the United Nations to break new ground in policy research.