Paloma Durán is the director of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund, a UN mechanism that brings together UN agencies, national governments, academia, civil society and business to achieve SDGs. She brings many years of experience in development and UN issues. Durán has an extensive professional experience in government and international organizations.
She acted as the United Nations Vice-Chair of the UN Commission for Social Development during her time as Counsellor of Human Rights in the Permanent Mission of Spain to the UN. Prior to that she worked as Chef de Cabinet for the Social Affairs Secretariat and as Vice-President of the Women’s Institute of Spain. She has served on the EU’s Equality Committee and the Council of Europe’s Expert Group on Affirmative Action, and worked with civil society in Nigeria, Guatemala, Peru, the Philippines and elsewhere.
In her capacity as director of the SDG-Fund, she oversaw the launching of a Private Sector Advisory Group consisting of global companies from various sectors with the purpose of providing guidance and strategic support to achieve better development results in coordination with the private sector.
She holds PhDs in Law, Canon Law and Political Science.