U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS CRISTIANA PAŞCA PALMER OF ROMANIA AS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF SECRETARIAT OF CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following consultation with the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, announced the appointment of Cristiana Paşca Palmer of Romania as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on November 30, 2016.
Ms. Paşca Palmer will succeed Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias of Brazil, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his continued commitment and contribution to the Convention on biological diversity in his capacity as Executive Secretary.
Currently Minister of Environment, Waters & Forests of Romania (since 2015), Ms. Paşca Palmer brings to this position extensive experience in global policy making and in coordinating the implementation of environment and sustainable development policies, programmes and projects at national and international level. With a sound knowledge of inter–governmental processes and advocacy work, she has a strong science base and hands-on experience in programmatic and management challenges related to the biodiversity convention.
As former Head of Unit, Climate Change, Environment & Natural Resources, European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (2011-2015) and Policy Analyst, International Relations and Western Balkans, European Commission Directorate-General Climate Action (2010-2011), she is a multidisciplinary practitioner and academic in international development with a strong focus on green economy and environmental sustainability, in addition to business management, international negotiations, and environmental diplomacy.
Born in 1968, Ms. Paşca Palmer holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Ecology and Management of Natural Capital and a PhD in International Relations and development economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA.