Adriana Abdenur

Adriana Abdenur

Dr Adriana Erthal Abdenur is a Brazilian social scientist and policy expert. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Plataforma CIPÓ (, an independent, women-led institute based in Brazil and dedicated to issues of climate and international relations, with a focus on Latin America and the Global South. She also is an adjunct lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences-Po, where she teaches on environmental and cooperation issues. 

Adriana is currently serving a second term in the UN ECOSOC Committee on Development Policy (CDP).  She was recently a Senior Fellow at UNU-CPR, where her work focused on climate and global governance. 

She has published widely on Brazilian foreign policy, the UN system, South-South cooperation, and peacebuilding. In addition to regularly writing for media outlets, she has published articles in journals such as Global Governance, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, International Peacekeeping, Third World Quarterly, IDS Bulletin, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, African Security, Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, Africa Review, and Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. She is the co-editor with Thomas Weiss, of the book Emerging Powers and the UN, and co-author of the book India China: Rethinking Borders and Security.

Adriana earned her Doctorate from Princeton University and her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. She lives in Rio de Janeiro and is the mother of two.

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