Margaret Williams is the 16+ Forum Coordinator and Senior Policy Officer at the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). In this role, she manages the 16+ Forum - a multistakeholder platform and partnership of 12 member states, the g7+ and WFUNA, designed to share best practices in SDG 16+ implementation at regional, national and local levels, across stakeholders, and including as related to youth empowerment and inclusion. In addition to regular engagement at UNHQ, the 16+ Forum organizes the Annual Showcase, a yearly, global gathering of policy makers, practitioners and thought-leaders focused on the policy and practice of advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG 16+).
Previously at WFUNA, she led the organization's work on increasing the transparency, openness and accountability of the UN Security Council (UNSC) through UNSC Election Debates and Briefings, UNSC Exit Briefings and UNSC Presidency-Civil Society Dialogues.
With experience in policy, advocacy and programming, Margaret has worked on issues related to inclusion and state-society relations, youth, peace and security, gender equality and education. Beyond New York, she has lived and worked in Tunisia, Palestine, Cyprus and Greece. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and has published on youth, peacebuilding, violent extremism, and the Middle East and North Africa.