How a Secure Cyberspace is Negotiated at the UN

By Maya Plentz United Nations, 24th February 2020 The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), organized a talk with Ambassador Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Chair of the Government Group of Experts (GGE), and Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, who leads the multi-stakeholder Open Ended Working Group (OEWG), to discuss issues…

WHO Fights Fake News on COVID-19

By Maya Plentz  United Nations, 4th February 2020 The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its Executive Board meeting this week. They are also discussing the coronavirus outbreak. WHO is updating the press corps in Geneva daily on the ravages of the coronavirus. Dr. Sylvie Briand, who is the director of the Global Infectious Hazards Preparedness,…

Venture Capital Funding

Speech delivered at the World Summit on the Information Society organized under the auspices of the UN agency for telecommunications, ITU, and UNESCO  Geneva, 10thApril 2019 Follow me on Twitter @MayaPlentz  By Maya Plentz We have seen businesses all over the globe reckon with issues of accountability in the year 2018. It is great that so many…

Geneva, 10 April 2019 By Aida Mahmutović Ms Sarah Clatterbuck (Director of Engineering, YouTube-Google) said that without representation of women, technology is developed with gender bias which has grave implications for women in society. Biases are shown in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. AI has shown that facial recognition has a 1% error rate for…

Research and Innovation

Geneva, Switzerland / March 2018 Speech delivered at the 2018 World Summit on the Information Society organized under the auspices of the UN agency for telecommunications (ITU) and UNESCO. By Maya Plentz  How to make sure women receive public funds for research? We must make sure that rather than simply voicing our outrage on social…

UN Agencies Join Forces

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), draws on the expertise of its multiple stakeholders, the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR),…

Assembleia Geral da ONU

“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.”  

Horizon 2020

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.

Voyage to the Fragile Beauty of Antarctica

”The purpose of our project is to educate and to protect the environment. We want to document the beauty and the fragility of our planet.” Ms. Plentz produced, drafted, and copy-edited international policy articles, reports to donors and press releases, ensuring that content followed UN’s editorial style, consistency, and accuracy standards.   She served as…

Tráfico Ilícito de Armas

“O Brasil é mais preocupado, internamente, com a questão da segurança pública que é um problema sério que nós temos – mas é claro que nós somos sensíveis também a outros aspectos da questão, inclusive repercussões no campo da sáude, muitas vezes essas armas são instrumentos de suicídio, de conflito interno dos países e até…

Entrevista: Embaixador Rubens Ricupero

“Não podemos esquecer que foi o presidente Roosevelt, e uma grande geração de estadistas, diplomatas e políticos – que acompanhavam o presidente Roosevelt – que criaram a ONU. By Maya Plentz Fagundes UNITED NATIONS, Nova York, 27 de Março de 2003 – Com a interrupção dos trabalhos da Comissão de Inspeção, Verificação e Monitoramento de Armas da…