Experts' profiles - Meryem Amar
Meryem Amar
Meryem C. Amar coordinates the Billion Tree Campaign (www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign) in the Division of Communications and Public Information at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi.

She joined UNEP as External Communications Coordinator in January 1993, and worked on the human dimension of UNEPs programmes. In that capacity, she established partnerships with specialized audiences and oversaw outreach activities to promote public participation in environmental protection. She also organized the World Environment Day events in China and the United Kingdom and administered the UNEP Sasakawa Prize as well as the Global 500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement. For a number of years, Meryem managed the interface between UNEP and civil society organizations and worked on gender and environment issues from a policy development perspective. She contributed to repositioning UNEP vis--vis civil society and was the project coordinator for the publication entitled "Women and the Environment" and the First Womens Environment Assembly Women as the Voice for the Environment (2004).

Her career in international public service started in the humanitarian field with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1984 in Geneva (Switzerland) and led her to duty stations in Sudan (1985-86), Ethiopia (1989-90), and at UNICEF Headquarters in New York where she worked in the private sector fundraising group.

Meryems vision entails the people-centered concept of "world environmental citizenship" which encourages each and every person to reduce the impact of their environmental footprint to leave a viable planet for future generations, in the service of sustainable and equitable development.
Meryem holds an Advanced Degree (M Phil) in Communication/Journalism (Diplme d'Etudes Suprieures Spcialises - D.E.S.S) from the Sorbonne University (Paris III) as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Foreign Languages.
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