Elizabeth Maruma Mrema of Tanzania appointed as the new Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
The UN Secretary-General has appointed Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema of Tanzania as the Executive Secretary, of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, based in Montreal, Canada.
”It is my great honour to assume the leadership of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity at this critical time for biodiversity, .My immediate priority is to ensure successful negotiations in developing a robust and ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework.” -- Elizabeth Maruma Mrema,
Since December 2019, Ms. Mrema has been the Acting Executive Secretary of the CBD Secretariat.
Prior to that, Ms. Mrema served as Director of the Law Division at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya.
She has over two decades of experience at the United Nations, Ms. Mrema brings to the position extensive experience in global environmental law and policymaking, implementation of environmental and sustainable development programmes, and a deep knowledge of multilateral processes.
From 2009 to 2012, she served as the Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals as well as served as the Acting Executive Secretary of the UNEP/ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas) as well as Interim Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Gorilla Agreement, all based in Bonn, Germany.
join us in welcoming her in taking this position and wishing her much