Noemi Espinoza has worked at the United Nations since 1996, first as Deputy Permanent Representative of Honduras to the UN, then in the Honduras UNFPA Country Office, to now at UNFPA headquarters in New York. She also lectured in economic development at the New School University in New York City from 1999-2003. Her work at UNFPA has focused on advocacy and partnerships. While at the Honduras Country office from 2003-2005, she ensured the political re-affirmation of the Honduran Government and NGOs to the ICPD and MDG agendas at the ICPD@10 and Beijing@10 inter-governmental meetings. In addition, she shaped and managed an inter-faith committee for HIV prevention.
Since joining UNFPA, Noemi has focused on building strategic partnerships with governments, donors and NGOs to support the organization’s catalytic role in advocating for sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, HIV prevention and the participation of young people. In her roles related to partnerships, Noemi facilitated the establishment and acted as Secretary for UNFPA’s Global NGO Advisory Panel, maintains ongoing relations with worldwide NGOs to jointly advance the ICPD, and has acted as Secretariat on behalf of UNFPA for the ICPD@15 Global NGO Forum, as well as several consultations with CSOs and young people in the context of the ICPD beyond 2014 review. While at Mission of Honduras, she led a team of diplomats in the definition and representation of Honduran Government positions at the UN, particularly in the General Assembly, ECOSOC and the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board, where she served as Vice-President from 2001-2002. Noemi also represented the Honduran Government at ICPD + 5, Beijing + 5, UNGASS on HIV and the Millennium Summit.
She has Masters and Undergraduate degrees in Economics, is fluent in Spanish and English and has a working knowledge of Portuguese and French.