Tony Pipa has been named the principal United States negotiator for the United Nations post-2015 development agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, which are being written and finalized this year to replace the soon-expiring Millennium Development Goals.
The appointment reflects US efforts to become more fully engaged in the process of UN member states’ finalizing the next set of development goals, which now number an incredulous 17 goals with 169 “targets.” The current Millennium goals feature a more modest eight goals.
Pipa will lead negotiations for the US during the next nine months to their conclusion at a high-level summit meeting in September at UN headquarters in New York. Working with a team from the Department of State, Pipa will also liaise with the US mission to the UN and other US government offices while being based in Washington, D.C.
Pipa most recently worked as a policy adviser in the US Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, where he has been focusing on the post-2015 plan. He was an independent consultant before joining the government, during which he worked with nongovernment organizations and helped found the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
Pipa has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.