Experts' profiles - Silja Halle
Silja Halle
Silja Halle is a Programme Officer with UNEP's Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) in Geneva.

Since joining UNEP in 2006, she has held several roles within PCDMB, most recently serving as the Deputy Sub-programme Coordinator for Disasters and Conflicts. In this role, she guides programme and policy development, oversees monitoring of programme perfomance and works to build partnerships within and outside the UN system. She is also the co-editor of the UNEP policy series on the environmental dimensions of disasters and conflicts.

In parallel, Silja has been leading a new work stream on the linkages between women, natural resources and the environment in conflict-affected contexts. In this respect, she acts as the coordinator for a partnership between UNEP, UN Women, UNDP and PBSO. The first phase of this work has culminated in the publication of a joint policy report titled "Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential", released in November 2013.

Silja also coordinates gender mainstreaming efforts within PCDMB, including the pilot-testing of new approaches to better integrating gender issues within the Branch's field projects.

Prior to joining PCDMB, Silja worked for the UNEP-hosted secretariat of the Geneva Environment Network, a cooperative partnership of environment and sustainable development organizations based in the Geneva area, including United Nations offices, local authorities and non-governmental organizations. She has also consulted for a number of NGOs and other institutions.

Silja holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, as well as a Master of Arts in French from the University of Geneva.
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