UN Streamlines Partnership with NGOs

“Three UN agencies have launched a digital platform to streamline the application process and evaluation of partner NGOs.”   By Maya Plentz   Twitter @MayaPlentz United Nations, November 12, 2018 —  Three UN agencies have launched a digital platform to streamline the application process and evaluation of partner NGOs. The United Nations Partnership Portal (UNPP),…

ITU

WSIS Forum: Link to my talk at the World Summit on the Information Society  Forum, at ITU, in 2017. Link to my speech at the WSIS High Level Policy panel, at ITU Headquarters in 2018. Copyright © 2018 by Maya Plentz All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form…

Maya Plentz

  In October of 2016 Ms. Plentz Fagundes was appointed by the European Commission to the High Level Group of Experts to review the impact of Horizon 2020, the £80 Billion Framework Programme to fund Research and Innovation in the EU from 2014 to 2020. Bio (short) Previously, Ms. Plentz was a tech and international affairs news producer for Bloomberg…

Press Relations: Engineering

“A Florida university and an insurer that incurred hundreds of millions of dollars in losses during recent hurricanes are teaming up to find ways to help buildings survive massive storms. Their tool: Giant fans.”   Results of media relations campaigns by Maya Plentz for FIU Placement: Wall Street Journal From Fans’ Whirlwind, Researchers Reap Data…

A Life at the UN: Sergio Vieira de Mello

“We wanted to put on the book at least some of the excerpts of his speeches because I think that it is important that they must not be forgotten. Specially speeches about racism, about the functioning of the United Nations, about the Human Rights Commission.” Ms. Plentz Fagundes interviews Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders, George…

Security Council

“So that is one area at least  where perhaps member states need to get together and see if they can find common ground,  because there is no doubt that the way things have been happening in the last couple of years has been very divisive.”  Maya Plentz Fagundes interviews Mr. Edward Mortimer, Director of Communications and Head of…

European Commission

In September 2016 the European Commission set up a High Level Group of experts, following a call for expression of interest to which over 350 candidates responded.  Ms. Plentz  was appointed by Commissioner Moedas to contribute her communications and innovation ecosystems’ expertise to the mid-term evaluation of H2020 and make recommendations for the new funding cycle, Horizon Europe.

In the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Group’s mandate was to provide recommendations on how to maximise the impact of the EU’s investment in research and innovation.  The group was chaired by Pascal Lamy, former World Trade Organization Director-General, former EU Trade Commissioner, and President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute.

IoT and the Future of Policy

David Estrada, Vice President of Government Relations at Lyft, remarked that currently most government bodies that legislate the sectors being impacted by the sharing economy do not have an adequate framework to deal with these new disruptive economic models. By Maya Plentz Paris, December 2014 Day one at LeWeb, the French digital conference founded by Loïc…

The Future of Retail

“It is no surprise for those in the trenches, managing day-to-day the IT department and the media relations team, that Gartner’s latest report identifying the 10 strategic technology trends for 2015 sees the well-articulated and executed digital strategy at the core of successful, profitable, companies.” By Maya Plentz In our increasingly connected world every layer…

Press Relations: Higher Education

Results of Press Relations campaigns for QS Asian University Rankings, 2014 Wall Street Journal Why Do India’s IITs Do So Badly on Some University Rankings? By Shanoor Seervai May 15, 2014 In a survey of 300 Asian universities released this week, Indian schools — even the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology — once again failed to reach…

O Brasil na ONU em 2003

“Não se trata apenas de reivindicar um lugar para o Brasil, se trata de fazer com que o Conselho de Segurança da ONU expresse a realidade contemporânea do mundo.”   Luiz Dulci, Ministro Chefe da Secretaria-Geral da Presidência da República, em entrevista com Maya Plentz Fagundes para a Rádio das Nações Unidas. *Entrevista realizada, produzida,…

O Brasil na ONU

“Acho que hoje o mercado, os consumidores, não querem apenas comprar uma coisa, um objeto. Eles querem comprar um valor, um valor que seja intangível.  Que naquela blusa, naquele sapato, ele possa identificar mais que um objeto. Isso tem embutido um valor social porque paga pessoas de forma correta, oferece um salário, uma oportunidade de…

UNAIDS

“Women and girls are being infected with the HIV/AIDS virus at an alarming rate in developing countries, according to a study by the United Nations Population Fund.” Alarming Rate of HIV/AIDS Infections Among Women and Girls By Maya Plentz Geneva, 28thJune 2004 –  Women and girls are being infected with the HIV/AIDS virus at an alarming…