Miriam Coronel Ferrer

 

Miriam Coronel Ferrer became the first woman to chair the Government Negotiating Panel for Peace Talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. She lead the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoror, which was adopted in March 2014, marking the end of a five decade armed conflict between Moro combatants and the Philippine government.

Prior to this, Miriam successfully lobbied the Philippines government to sign the International Treaty on the Prohibition of the Use, Production, Stockpile and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines, as well as co-founding the Philippine Campaign to ban landmines in 1995. Miriam was also a political science professor at the University of the Philippines (UP), and in 2005, served as the director of the UP Third World Studies Centre, and additionally convened the Programme on Peace, Democratistiaion, and Human Rights at the University. Miriam was one of 27 Filipinos nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Additionally, Miriam founded the Sulong Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (Sulong CARHRIHL). Following this, the Sulong CARHRIHL facilitated the drafting of the National Action Plan on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peacebuilding that ultimately became adopted by the Philippines Government in 2010.

In 2018, Miriam became the United Nation’s Standby Team; a selected group of experts that can be deployed to provide advice to United Nations officials during and following conflict.