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Lorena Aguilar Revelo

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Lorena Aguilar Revelo
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica
Assumed office
3 July 2018
PresidentCarlos Alvarado
Preceded byCarolina Fernández Alvarez
Minister of Foreign Affairs(Acting)
In office
11 December 2018 – 8 January 2019
PresidentCarlos Alvarado
Preceded byEpsy Campbell Barr
Succeeded byManuel E. Ventura Robles
Personal details
Born (1960-09-10) September 10, 1960 (age 60)
San José, Costa Rica
ProfessionEnvironmental anthropologist, gender equality and women empowerment expert

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aguilar and the second or maternal family name is Revelo.

Lorena Aguilar (born 10 September 1960 in San José, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican environmental anthropologist and gender equality and women empowerment expert. She serves the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the government of Costa Rica since 3 July 2018.[1]

Aguilar holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica and a master's degree in Anthropology from the University of Kansas, United States.[2]


Lorena Aguilar has more than 30 years of experience in gender policies, gender equality, and women's empowerment on environmental conservation, and climate change from the Global South to the highest international policy bodies.[3][4]

Aguilar's work has resulted in transforming international environmental institutions by integrating gender equality concerns to improve environmental projects, programs and institutions: She led the development of the Gender Plans of Action of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).[3]

In 2005, the UNFCCC negotiations lacked policy recommendations on women's leadership and gender equality. Aguilar opened the global climate change negotiations to the concept that gender equality is at the core of a climate change solution.[5] Aguilar headed the creation of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) for policy and innovation. During Conferences of Parties of the UNFCCC, Aguilar trained government delegates to understand the importance of gender-responsive climate change policies, which had an direct impact on interventions in the negotiations. Over the past decade, the GGCA has amassed a membership of 140 institutions, including United Nations agencies and non-governmental partners, and has been present in the UNFCCC policy arena moving the gender agenda forward.[6][7]

In 2011, Aguilar was named as the partner for harmonizing efforts on gender and environment across the United Nations system by the Secretariats of the three Rio Conventions.[8] A year later, she conducted the Gender Review of the World Bank's Climate Investment Funds, resulting in a set of recommendations on gender equality and women's leadership for one of the world's largest sources of climate change financing.[9]

In 2012, Aguilar led the development of the first global measurement system on gender and environment—the Environment and Gender Index (EGI) that ranks countries across 27 indicators, leading countries to improve performance and data collection on gender and environment. It provides the assessment of country performance implementing global gender mandates in national efforts on climate change, biodiversity, and desertification, as well as a dataset on gender balance in the UNFCCC and other environmental negotiations.[10] [11]

Until 2018, Aguilar was the Global Senior Gender Advisor and the Global Director of the Governance and Rights Program of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She led the world's largest, most technically diverse gender team of any international environmental organization, involving inclusive collaboration with government counterparts, UN agencies, international organizations and civil society.[8][2]

Aguilar has authored over 70 publications and products on advancing knowledge, analysis and practical tools related to gender, development, disaster risk reduction, forests, water, health, and environment.[8] She was a frequent contributor to HuffPost between 2014 and 2016 primarily addressing gender equality, women's empowerment, and inclusive policy-making on environmental conservation and climate change.[4]

Gender advocacy on environment[edit]

  • Lead negotiator for AILAC (The Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean), while coordinating collaboration with government negotiators from Canada, the United States, European Union, Less Developed Countries and G77 and China.
  • Contributing the creation of Gender Action Plan for the UNFCCC adopted in 2017.
  • Gender and renewable energy G-REEN platform that Forbes selected as the go-to option to obtain information on gender and climate change mitigation.[12]
  • IUCN-USAID partnership to produce the first-ever white paper and network to advise to address and mitigate GBV in environment projects.[13]
  • The first gender-sensitive roadmaps for REDD+ processes in the countries of Mexico, Ghana, Cameroon and Uganda.
  • The first Gender Action Plan for the Convention on Biological Diversity and the first Policy Framework for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
  • Facilitating a multi-stakeholder platform (GO and NGOs) to Support Parties to the RAMSAR Convention to develop a road map for mainstreaming gender considerations.
  • Creation of Climate Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP), to integrate gender-responsive actions throughout climate change policy and planning in 13 countries.

Contibution to networks on gender and environment[edit]

  • Creating Network of Women Ministers and Leaders of the Environment (NWMLE).
  • Co-founding Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA).[4]
  • Board member of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), 2006 Champion of the Earth laureate Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO).[3]

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica[edit]

Aguilar serves as the Vice Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica since July 2018.[1]

As Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, she promotes inclusion and gender equality on climate change. Aguilar recently launched the For All Coalition on the intersections of gender, human rights, and the environment with conflict, GBV, and access and control of natural resources.[14][15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Presidente de la República juramenta a nueva vicecanciller".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto". www.rree.go.cr. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Lorena Aguilar - Gender Summit". gender-summit.com. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Lorena Aguilar | HuffPost". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  5. "UNFCCC negotiations doomed to failure without gender". IUCN. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  6. Kirkpatrick, Allyson (2015-10-01). "Lorena Aguilar: Women in the World". Guernica. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  7. "Gender Equality Heritage and Creativity" (PDF). UNESCO.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Lorena Aguilar". Global Gender Office. 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  9. "Gender Review Climate Investment Funds" (PDF). IUCN Global Gender Office.
  10. "Gender Priorities for UNFCCC COP 19". Global Gender Office. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  11. "The Environment Gender Index". Global Gender Office. 2014-11-23. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  12. Gilpin, Lyndsey. "What Do You Know About Gender Equality In Renewable Energy? Follow These 10 Twitter Accounts". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  13. "USAID and IUCN Partner to Advance Gender in the Environment". IUCN. 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  14. Calvo, Diego Méndez (2018-09-28). "Costa Rica presenta ante la ONU la iniciativa For All Coalition". El Mundo CR (in español). Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  15. Melgoza, Alejandro. "Costa Rica presenta en la COP24 "For All Coalition"". El Universal.

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