2017 Keynote Speakers
Bette Levy is a Permanent Representative to the United Nations/New York Centre for Soroptimist International and is actively involved with a number of NGO committees. Bette is the Treasurer of the NGO Committee for Social Development, a member of the Core Committee of the Poverty Eradication subcommittee, the co-facilitator of the European/North American CSW Caucus, and an active member of the Women’s Major Group (Sustainable Development). She is also co-convener of the Trauma work group of the NGO Mental Health committee and a member of the Working Group on Girls.
Prior to retiring in 2011, she worked for the NYS Office of Mental Health for 38 years with an expertise in children/ families and disaster mental health.
Currently, she is a Management/Culture Change Consultant with agencies that provide mental health and foster care services.
Emilia Reyes has specialized in gender responsive public policies and budgets and sustainable development issues, including comprehensive disaster risk management and climate change. In those fields she has trained governmental officers from the Legislative, Judiciary and Executive Branch in Mexico and in other countries – mostly from the Nordic and Latin American regions-, as well as officers from UN agencies at national and regional level. She has been panelist and speaker in national and international conferences, seminars, workshops, and forums, and a consultant to several UN agencies.
In the last ten years she has advocated for equality and sustainable development in several processes of international negotiations, such as UNFCCC, CSW, ICPD, Rio+20, the Post-2015, Financing for Development, Habitat, and in regional processes under ECLAC (Brasilia, Montevideo, Santo Domingo, FfD and Post-2015 sustainable development regional forum, Habitat). She has been part of the Mexican Delegation as a representative of civil society for 3 consecutive years in the climate
change process, including the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030 intergovernmental negotiations and Habitat III The New Urban Agenda. She is one of the eight Organizing Partners of the Women’s Major Group in the Agenda 2030 platform since 2014.