As part of the 2017 International Women's Day, a call for nominations was launched in February 2017 to recognize Geneva-based individuals’ commitment and contribution to the advancement and support of gender equality and women's empowerment in the field of environment. An exhibition celebrating their achievements was launched on 8 March 2017, at the International Environment House.
Juliane Drews oversees UNAIDS’ flagship programmes to reach gender parity and empower women, working with great personal energy and commitment to making gender equality a reality. Juliane also champions her passion for sustainability as member of UNAIDS Environment Working Group and co- organizer of the Green Cinéforum. Her own activities demonstrate that everyone can contribute to these causes through their daily choices. In her role as People Development Officer, Juliane designs, implements and coordinates learning activities for all UNAIDS staff from young talents to senior leaders. As Co-Chair of the Geneva Learning Network, a forum for UN professionals based in Geneva and involved in learning, training and staff development, she leads the development of an interagency Programme for Emerging Women Leaders. Juliane’s professional experience includes assignments in Sofia, Budapest, Bethlehem and Turin. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin.
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