Experts' profiles - Adriana Zacarias Farah
Adriana Zacarias Farah
Adriana Zacarias Farah is Project Officer at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), based in Paris, France. She joined UNEP in 2003 and is an expert on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). She is coordinating the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP). (Visit:, which is an intergovermental mandate adopted in Rio+20 . She is supporting the development of policies and SCP programmes at the global, regional and national levels in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America; and building new initiatives and partnerships with governments and NGOs. She is also promoting the idea that the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns/systems provides new economic opportunities for development, as well as the opportunity to leapfrog to sustainability.

Before joining UNEP, Adriana was a consultant at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she published the book Towards Sustainable Household Consumption (OECD, 2002). Adriana has experience in environment policy development at both national and international levels. She worked as policy adviser at the Mexican Low Chamber (1999) and as Project Co-ordinator at the Mexican Ministry of Environment (1994-98). Adriana has also worked with research institutes on projects related to sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

Adriana has extensive experience in the NGO sector, with an emphasis on facilitating youth environmental organisations. She co-founded the UNEP Youth Advisory Council in 1999 (today TUNZA), and founded some other youth-based NGOs addressing environmental and sustainable development issues.

Adriana has a Masters in Environment and Development from Cambridge University, UK, and a degree in Political Science from Instituto Tecnolgico Autnomo de Mexico (ITAM).
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