Senior Fellow, Trade Union Sustainable Development Unit
Robert E. Lovelace is Senior Fellow of the Trade Union Sustainable Development Unit, a Canadian-based foundation engaged in international advocacy to advance global health, economic and social justice and environmental security. He is also a consultant on campaign development and management and strategic communications for UN agencies, unions and civil society organizations.
His specializes in policy advocacy targeting international entities such the G8 and G20 especially on accountability issues. He has been InterAction’s—the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations—Accountability Task Force chairperson since its inception.
Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). For more than 20 years he worked with or on behalf of the AFL-CIO primarily in international affairs. Since the late 1990s, he has worked internationally to increase the role of unions in the global response to HIV/AIDS.
He has authored articles and publications for magazines, practical advocacy and communications manuals for the World AIDS Campaign and the International Labor Organization and strategy documents for UN agencies such as UNAIDS and the World Health Organization.
He served on the Congressional staffs of Representatives Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Martha Keys (D-KS) and as one of the youngest members of the national staff of Senator Edward Kennedy’s 1980 Presidential election campaign.