Cristiana Paşca Palmer takes over as Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity

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Former Romanian Environment Minister Cristiana Paşca Palmer has taken over as executive secretary of the UN Convention Convention on Biological Diversity, and on Monday she had her first official meeting in New York with UN Secretary General António Guterres, the former Romanian dignitary writes on her Facebook page.

Cristiana Paşca Palmer was appointed executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon and the announcement was made on the National Day of Romania and on the margin of the 13th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, in Mexico.

She succeeds Brazilian Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, who held this position until February 2017.

The office of Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity is a high ranking position, with the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General and is, in fact, the most important job that a Romanian representative ever held in the UN system, say the Ministry of Environment representatives.

The UN website notes that Pasca Palmer served as head of the Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources with the European Commission, Directorate General International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), Brussels, during 2011-2015.

The Romanian Minister of Environment was analyst for International Relations and the Western Balkans policies with the Directorate General for Climate Action, during 2010-2011.

Cristiana Paşca Palmer was born in 1968, she holds a Master of Science for ecological systems and natural capital management and a Doctorate in Philosophy in International Relations and Economic Development at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA.

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