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Rosa Pavanelli

Public Services International

General Secretary


Rosa Pavanelli is General Secretary of the global union federation Public Services International since 2012. In March 2016, Rosa was nominated as Commissioner on the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, representing the trade union movement, health workers and public services. Rosa is also a member of the UN High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters, and of the Cornell University International Labour Relations Worker Institute Advisory Council. In 2002, Rosa Pavanelli was elected to the FP-CGIL National Secretariat and led the European and International Department from 2005 to 2012. Prior to that, she was responsible for the municipal and healthcare sector and was FP-CGIL General Secretary of the Lombardy region. In these roles, she led successful campaigns against water and health privatisation and led the first European project on the role of public services for an inclusive policy for migrants and asylum seekers.