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Margaret (Maggie) Williams

Margaret (Maggie) Williams is the Associate Director, SDG16+ at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation.

She brings over a decade of experience in development, peacebuilding and prevention, access to justice, human rights, and multilateral affairs. Committed to the realization of more peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, Maggie has focused specifically on SDG16+ action and advocacy for the past five years, building diverse, multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of SDG16+ internationally, while highlighting the policy and tangible practice of SDG16 and its interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda at national and sub-national levels. She has worked and collaborated extensively with governments across the Global South and Global North, grassroots and civil society organizations, intergovernmental organizations, the UN, and other multilaterals, as well as private sector actors and foundations.

Prior to a SDG16-specific lens, she worked on issues related to state-society relations, geopolitical analysis, gender, and youth, including at the community level, running or supporting youth and women’s economic empowerment programming in MENA and Europe. Based in New York, she has lived and worked in Tunisia, Palestine, Cyprus, and Greece, with additional experience in Georgia, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, and Uganda.

She holds a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

  • Publication: Analysis May 17, 2023 CIC Perspectives

    Managing Opportunities, Challenges, and Expectations for the New Agenda for Peace

    Ahead of the policy brief expected from the UN Secretariat in June 2023, this piece provides a historical glance at past UN reforms, identifies the primary challenges and opportunities the UN and its member states face as they undergo this process, and looks forward to the key priorities that can be taken up from a realistic and practical perspective. Highlighted is how the New Agenda for Peace “provides a rare opportunity for the United Nations to examine and reflect upon the totality of the peace and security work of the Organization to uncover and better understand the synergies and contradictions of the existing processes and structures.”

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