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LSE student appointed as UN ambassador on development

An LSE postgraduate student has been appointed as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Advocate by the United Nations (UN).

Alaa Murabit, who is studying for an Executive Masters in International Strategy and Diplomacy, will help promote action to achieve the SDGs adopted by world leaders at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.

Commenting on the appointment, Alaa said: "I am very honoured to have been appointed for this role, and humbled to serve alongside such a distinguished group of esteemed individuals. I look forward to ensuring that our global goals translate into more equal, inclusive, prosperous, safe and fair societies."


In 2011, at the age of 21, Alaa founded The Voice of Libyan Women, to challenge societal norms and champion women’s participation in security, peace processes and conflict mediation. She was named International Trust Women Hero 2014 by the New York Times and One of 25 women under 25 to watch by Newsweek. Her TED Talk, “What my religion really says about women” has been viewed over two million times since July 2015.

Alaa is one of 16 eminent figures, including singer Shakira and microfinance pioneer Professor Muhammad Yunus, who were announced as advocates by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 19 January 2016. The advocates will use their profile to promote the SDGs as part of an ambitious and transformative plan to achieve them by 2030. The SDGs represent a commitment by all nations to work together to reduce poverty, build peace and create a healthy planet for present and future generations.

Posted 20 January 2016