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LSE student appointed as UN Commissioner on Health, Economic Growth

An LSE postgraduate student has been appointed as a High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth by the United Nations (UN).AlaaMurabitA

In her new role, Alaa Murabit, who is studying for an Executive Masters in International Strategy and Diplomacy, will help promote action to meet the global shortfall of trained health workers, achieve Universal Health Coverage, and meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Commenting on her appointment, Alaa said: "I am incredibly honoured to have been selected for such an esteemed commission, and eager to serve and address what can be done to ensure global inclusive economic growth and the achievement of universal health coverage, particularly for middle and lower income families and those in the developing world. I am particularly encouraged by the effort to complement other global initiatives, such as the SDG.”

The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, and will be chaired jointly by President Francois Hollande of France and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa. Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) will serve as the co-vice chair along with Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). It will start its work during March 2016 and deliver its recommendations to Ban in September 2016.

In January 2016, Alaa was appointed as a SDG Advocate by the UN.