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Paula Sevilla Núñez

Paula Sevilla Núñez is a Program Officer at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, working on the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies program–a platform for countries that wish to lead on delivering the 2030 Agenda SDG16+ targets for peace, justice, and inclusion.

Originally from Spain and raised in Costa Rica, Paula received her Master’s of Urban Planning from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in May 2019. In her work she seeks to promote peaceful and prosperous societies through inclusive urban policy. Prior to joining CIC, Paula worked with numerous peacebuilding and international development organizations such as the International Rescue Committee, Search for Common Ground, and MADRE, supporting programs addressing issues like inequality, migration, and youth inclusion. During her time at the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), she formed part of the joint UNFPA-PBSO secretariat that drafted the Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, presented to the UN Security Council in April 2018. She has also worked as a Research Assistant for NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management, and was Chair of the Urban Planning Student Association at NYU. Paula holds a double BA in International Relations and Public Policy from New York University.

  • Publication: Policy Brief July 19, 2023 Inequality and Exclusion

    Housing Policy Options to Tackle Urban Inequalities

    Across the world, people are calling for action to ensure their right to affordable, adequate, and secure housing and to the city. The housing crisis is affecting cities ranging from San Francisco in the United States to Accra in Ghana, as most housing frameworks fail to respond to the growing demand for affordable and adequate housing, and the housing sector becomes increasingly financialized, treating housing as a commodity rather than a human right. This brief elaborates on six key themes in housing policy, providing examples of innovative approaches and possible entry points to deliver equitable and inclusive outcomes.

  • Publication: Report December 20, 2021 Inequality and Exclusion

    Turning the Tide on Housing: Alternatives to the Modern Orthodoxies of North America and Europe

    This research paper analyzes six case studies across North America and Europe (Berlin, New York City, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Vancouver) where the orthodoxies of modern housing policy are being challenged. It also addresses the exclusionary practices and spatial inequality that have become common fixtures across the Global North. These fall under three distinct categories: protecting renters, building coalitions and new narratives, and curbing harmful demand.

  • Publication: Report September 17, 2021 Inequality and Exclusion

    From Rhetoric to Action: Delivering Equality & Inclusion

    The flagship report of the Pathfinders Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion is about the solutions that will deliver equality and inclusion. It is the culmination of several years of research and mobilization undertaken by a unique partnership of ten countries, the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, Oxfam, and CIVICUS, along with numerous partners and international experts. The report constructs a bridge between the rhetoric of “build back better” and action: a bridge between promise and progress.

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