Business & UN

ICC’s newly appointed Permanent Observer to the UN submits credentials

  • 20 April 2017

The first-ever Permanent Observer of ICC to the United Nations, Louise Kantrow, presented her credentials to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres during an official ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday.

Having served as ICC’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from April 2007, Ms Kantrow brings extensive knowledge and first-hand experience of UN proceedings and major conferences to the role.

Ms Kantrow co-chaired the Private Sector Steering Committee in the Follow-up International Conference to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus (Doha, 2008) and co-chaired the Private Sector Steering Committee for the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (Istanbul, 2011). Ms Kantrow also served as co-organising partner of the Business and Industry Major Group for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and acted as Co-Chair of the Business Sector Steering Committee in the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, 2015).

She also led the Global Business Alliance for Post-2015, a robust and inclusive business alliance that provides positive private sector contributions to the formulation and implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Ms Kantrow’s career has included posts within the UN and senior positions at nonprofit, governmental and intergovernmental organizations closely associated with UN activities. Ms Kantrow also served as Executive Director of the International League for Human Rights, and as Executive Vice-President of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), where she supervised a major expansion of programmes at the Business Council to the United Nations.