Charles Chauvel

Charles Chauvel has worked for UNDP for the past 4 years. He leads the Inclusive Political Processes team in the United Nations Development Programme's New York Headquarters. His team supports UNDP's global programming on civic engagement, constitution-making, elections, parliaments, & women's political participation.

Before UNDP, he served for 7 years as a member of the Parliament of New Zealand. He specialized in oversight, chairing the Parliament's public accounts, scrutiny of regulations, and privileges committees. While his party was in government he served as parliamentary private secretary to the attorney-general; when it went into opposition he was shadow attorney-general and shadow justice minister. In addition to the shadow justice ministries, he served as shadow minister for environment, energy & climate matters (serving as a delegate to COPs 15 & 16) & shadow minister for arts, culture, and heritage. He was the first person of pacific island ancestry to have served on the front bench of any NZ political party. He founded the NZ Chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption & chaired the NZ/European Union Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Before Parliament, Mr. Chauvel clerked for the Chief Justice of NZ; worked as a union legal officer; was crown counsel in the NZ Crown Law Office & was a partner in an international law firm, heading the firm's labor law and employee benefits practice. He has been an NZ Public Health Commissioner; chair of the NZ AIDS Foundation; deputy presiding member of the NZ Lotteries Commission; deputy chair of Meridian Energy Ltd; a board member of the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria & a UN Global Commissioner on HIV & the Law. He is a life member of the NZ AIDS Foundation & of the NZ Labour Party.