David Nabarro

Function: 
Video Address by Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Organisation: 
United Nations (UN)

David Nabarro serves as Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change.  He works with Governments and other stakeholders to galvanize action on implementation of both the 2030 and Climate Action agendas.  He also oversees the Secretary-General’s special initiatives, including Every Woman Every Child, Global Pulse and Zero Hunger Challenge, and the UN Office for Partnerships.

David Nabarro has more than 30 years’ experience of public health, nutrition and development at country, regional and global levels, and has held positions in non-governmental organizations, universities, national Governments and the United Nations (UN) system.

David Nabarro joined the UN system in 1999, leading the Roll Back Malaria initiative at the World Health Organization (WHO).  He was appointed as a WHO Executive Director in 2001 and led WHO’s Department for Health Action in Crises from 2003. Between 2005 and 2014 he served as the UN System’s Senior Coordinator for Avian and Pandemic Influenza.  Since 2009 he has been the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition, a position he continues to hold.  From 2011 to 2015 he served as Coordinator of the Movement to Scale Up Nutrition.  From September 2014 until December 2015 he was Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Ebola, providing strategic and policy direction for the international response.