Speakers and Bios

Miriam Coronel-Ferrer 

Miriam Coronel-Ferrer headed the Government of the Philippines panel in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that culminated in the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in March 2014.  She led governmental negotiations, consultation, and strategizing processes, and was also responsible for setting up the peace infrastructure and supervising the first two years of implementing the accord.  While on the Standby Team, she has inter alia supported UN engagements in Maldives, Afghanistan, and the ASEAN region.  She has previously been extensively involved in national civil society campaigns, co-leading the initiative to draft the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security that was adopted by the Philippine government in 2010.  She has also joined international CSO-led human rights/peace missions in Nepal, East Timor, Cambodia, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Sudan.  She is a full professor at the University of the Philippines, teaching courses and publishing on comparative governments and politics of Southeast Asia, human rights, peace processes, and democratization.  She is also a member of the Standby Team which is composed world-leading mediation experts who can be rapidly deployed to provide advice on a wide range of issues that tend to arise in mediation and preventive diplomacy efforts, including: the design and management of dialogue processes, constitution-making, gender and inclusion issues, natural resources, power-sharing, and security arrangements. The Team’s services are available, without cost, to United Nations envoys, peace operations and Country Teams, as well as to regional organizations and partners with whom the United Nations works closely in conflict mediation, dialogue facilitation, and good offices worldwide.

 

Miriam Coronel-Ferrer