Soraya Smaoun is a Programme Officer in charge of urban environment issues within the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. She is task manager for the work on cities on urban environment, the development of UNEP ’s strategic direction in the area of urbanization and the environment and the integration of the urban dimension into key global environment issues such as climate change She acts as liaison officer with UNEP's sister agency UN-HABITAT, and together with other partners provides support to cities and their networks in a post-2012 global climate agreement. The role of cities in strengthening national and international responses to climate change is a key area of her work.
Before joining UNEP in 2008, she worked for 10 years in UN-HABITAT in the field of sustainable urban development. Soraya worked extensively on tools and policy advice to cities in developing countries in the areas of urban management and urban environment. Through the different positions she held in UN-HABITAT, she supported and worked with a variety of actors (governments, civil society, and private sector) through implementation of projects, advocacy and capacity-building in several domains: environmental planning, local development and governance, poverty reduction, violence prevention and gender.
Soraya holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Political Science with a focus on developing countries, from the Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence (France).