UN Digest: UN Office for Partnerships

UN Digest: UN Capital Development Fund

UN Digest | Stage 1

As a series of touch points each day, UN leaders will share a thematic digest in short ‘explainer’ videos. UN leaders from across the UN System will share the vision for their organization’s efforts responding to the urgency to accelerate action to deliver the SDGs. These digests will illustrate their priorities, and to explain what is at stake, why you should care and how people everywhere can take action.


Annemarie Hou
Acting Executive Director, UN Office for Partnerships
Appointed Executive Director a.i., UN Office for Partnerships in April 2020 concurrently as Senior Communications Adviser in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Annemarie Hou served as Chief of Staff and Director of the Executive Office of UNAIDS and previously she oversaw the global advocacy and communications portfolio.

Prior to joining UNAIDS, Ms. Hou worked in the philanthropic field, with a focus on health and children’s issues. She was the Communications Director at Casey Family Programs, an operating foundation dedicated to child welfare issues started by the founder of UPS. Annemarie also served as the first Global Health Communications Manager at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as the family’s spokesperson. An award-winning writer, she started her career as a television journalist. She is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Judith Karl
Executive Secretary, UN Capital Development Fund

Ms. Karl is the Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund. She started her career in the private sector as a Management Consultant with a focus on optimizing business operations in the US private banking and real estate sectors. Ms. Karl moved to UNDP in 1988, starting as a management support officer in the Personnel division in New York. She has occupied management positions in UNDP Mali and Cambodia where she led programmes in local development finance, decentralisation, small and medium enterprise development, demining, and crisis response. Ms. Karl served for six years as the head of strategy and policy for UNDP’s Crisis prevention and recovery, was the Deputy Director in UNDP’s Washington Liaison office, and served five years as head of UNDP’s operational performance group. Ms. Karl joined UNCDF as Executive Secretary in August 2014.

September 24, 10:00
10:00 — 10:15EST(GMT-4) (15′)

Data, Leave No One Behind, Multilateralism, Partnerships

Annemarie Hou (UN Office for Partnerships), Judith Karl (UN Capital Development Fund)