Advocacy Director
Beyond 2015


Areas of Expertise

Civil Society, Global Governance, Health, Human Rights, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Affairs, International Non-Governmental Organizations, Post 2015 Development Agenda, United Nations, Women’s Rights

Naiara Costa Chaves is an International Relations Analyst who currently serves as the Advocacy Director of Beyond 2015, a global civil society campaign that mobilizes more than 1,200 organizations from more than 130 countries engaging on the United Nations post-2015 sustainable development process. At Beyond 2015, she is responsible for directing the advocacy and policy work, including creating spaces for the articulation of views from a broad diversity of organizations, preparing advocacy plans, assessing and analyzing political scenarios. She is responsible for keeping a diverse and multi-regional team informed of the latest political updates related to the Post-2015 process at the UN and to support crafting messages for wide engagement and advocacy with Member States, UN entities and other stakeholders. Prior to that, Naiara served as the Public Affairs Officer at the World Animal Protection, being responsible for leading the advocacy work related to the United Nations in New York, which resulted in the inclusion of a reference to language related to the connection between animal protection and disaster risk reduction in a UN General Assembly resolution. She has been an active member of several NGO coalitions, clusters and working groups and was selected to be in the first Stakeholder Steering Committee of the post-2015 negotiation.

As an Adviser at the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the UN in New York Naiara was responsible for gender, social and economic rights and was responsible for the negotiation of UN resolutions (GA and ECOSOC) in several areas, including gender, drugs, ageing, violence against women, children, health, and youth. She also coordinated the relations with UN Women Executive Board. Naiara also worked as development adviser at the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) in Brazil where she provided expert policy advice and engaged in partnerships with the Brazilian government and civil society on strengthening the role of this country in tackling global development challenges.

Prior to that, Ms. Costa served the United Nations for more than one decade as a National Programme Officer at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). She was responsible for national, regional and local programmes in Brazil as well as for several initiatives on South-South and triangular cooperation. She led the partnership with the private sector, which resulted in several joint actions promoting the leadership of businesses on the response to the HIV epidemic. She worked in close collaboration with several UN agencies and with several areas of the Brazilian government, including Health, Education, Defense, Foreign Affairs and the Special Secretariats on Policies for Women and Human Rights. She has worked in collaboration with bilateral partners such as DFID, GIZ, JICA, USAID and the Royal Netherlands Embassy including on the elaboration, implementation, monitoring and review of projects and programmes. She established strong partnerships with civil society organizations and representatives in Brazil and in the Latin American Region. Naiara was elected twice to serve at the Global UNAIDS Staff Association

Naiara has served the Brazilian government as an advisor in the Ministry of Finance’s Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF) working on the monitoring and exchange of information between COAF and financial intelligence units in other countries. She also worked as Technical Advisor at the Brazilian Presidency of the Republic National Anti-Drugs Secretariat, being responsible for preparing and reviewing technical documents on prevention and treatment of drug abuse and its relationship to development issues and human rights.

Naiara holds a Master and a Graduation Degree on International Relations from the University of Brasilia (Brazil) as well as an MBA on Projects from Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brasilia, Brazil). She has several international certificates on foreign languages, including on Spanish, French and English.

Recent Publications

Connecting the pillars: Human Rights and the post-2015 agenda; Universal Rights Group; May 13, 2015

Leave none behind – All aboard for post-2015?, Drums of Change, Action Support Center
March 30, 2015

Civil Society and the post-2015 agenda: Beyond 2015, World Federation of United Nations Associations, WFUNA, December 16, 2014

Almost the end of a journey and the beginning of a new, 15-year path towards sustainable development,
Beyond 2015, June 17, 2015