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.
Matthias Kern is Acting Chief of the Technical Assistance Branch in the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. From 2012 to 2016, he was appointed Gender Coordinator of the Secretariat and organized the development and implementation of the Secretariat’s Gender Action Plan. His persistent personal efforts have done much to raise and institutionalize gender equality throughout the Secretariat and in the Conventions’ technical assistance activities. Matthias started his professional career as Research Associate at the Plant Protection Institute in Goettingen, Germany, before joining the German Technical Cooperation. In 2005, he was appointed Senior Programme Officer for persistent organic pollutants and other hazardous chemicals in the Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination, UN Environment. From 2009 to 2012, he was Head of the Implementation and Capacity Building Unit in the Secretariat of the Basel Convention.
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