Lily Gray is a Liaison Officer at UNESCO New York Office where she is responsible for promoting UNESCO’s priorities and programmes in the fields of education, culture and social sciences. She has supported the development of a broad range of partnerships across UNESCO’s related mandates in the field of education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, including the Secretary-General Global Education First Initiative launched in 2012.
She also works for the advancement of issues related to the culture of peace and gender equality portfolios the Organization. She presents UNESCO’s programs through targeted interventions at the United Nations bodies such as the General Assembly, ECOSOC and its subsidiary commissions. Ms Gray liaises with the member states’ permanent missions and New York based UN entities for the advancement of the education related targets and goals, including through support for the SDG – Education 2030 Steering Committee.
Prior to this posting, she served at the Office of the Director-General of UNESCO as a focal point for the United Nations system, its reform and its respective interagency mechanisms.
Before joining UNESCO, she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and served as a diplomat responsible for the Human rights and humanitarian issues Committee at the United Nations, New York. Lily Gray holds a MSc in International relations from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.