Beverly A. Miller joined UNEP in March 1988, as Senior Programme Officer and later as the Deputy Director in the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) of the Caribbean Environment Programme (Kingston, Jamaica). In 1995 she was appointed Deputy Director of the Policy Division and subsequently she assumed the position of Secretary, Governing Council in the Secretariat for Governing Bodies (SGB).
Prior to her appointment, Miller was well known to UNEP, having served as the Acting Head of the Natural Resources Conservation Department, of which she was one of the main driving forces behind its establishment in 1975, where she played an important role in the field of environmental development at the national and regional levels. Miller was also instrumental in the establishment of the Caribbean Environment Programme, one of the six Regional Seas Programmes directly administered by UNEP.
As Secretary, Governing Council, Miller is responsible for assisting the Executive Director to discharge his responsibilities at meetings of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) and its subsidiary organ, i.e. the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR), by ensuring that the vision of UNEP is given maximum support. Miller also organizes and convenes the meetings of the GC/GMEF and the CPR as well as their Sub-Committees and Working Groups.
Miller works toward enhancing UNEP’s support and general image and relationship with Governments, the Group of 77 and the European Union, UN agencies, Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) by implementing UNEP’s external relation policies and ensuring that smooth communication, reporting lines and procedures between UNEP and the afore-mentioned entities are maintained. In addition, Miller serves as the UNEP Gender Focal Point ensuring the mainstreaming of the gender perspectives in the administrative policies of UNEP.
Miller holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering with special focus on environmental engineering. She is married with four children.