Biography:
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema,
Acting Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a national of the United Republic of Tanzania, was appointed Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with effect on 1 December 2019.

Ms. Mrema is the Director of the Law Division at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and has worked with UNEP for over two decades. Prior to joining the Law Division in June 2014, she was Deputy Director of the Ecosystems Division, in charge of coordination, operations and programme delivery from 2012 and for one year also served as Acting Director to the same Division. In 2018, in addition to her responsibilities as the Law Division Director, she was also the Acting Director of the Corporate Services Division.

In 2007, she received the first-ever UNEP-wide Best Manager of the Year Award entitled the UNEP Baobab Staff Award, for exceptional performance and dedication towards achieving the Organization’s goals. In 2009, she was appointed the Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), Acting Executive Secretary of the UNEP/ASCOBANS and Interim Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Gorilla Agreement, all based in Bonn, Germany and held that position until 2012, thereafter joined the UNEP/Ecosystems Division in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ms. Mrema’s work at UNEP has focused on development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws at national, regional and international levels, among others. Her various roles over the years, include being coordinator of capacity-building and compliance and enforcement projects related to environmental law and the multilateral environmental conventions. Before 2009, She was a Senior Legal Officer and Chief of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Support and Cooperation Branch in the then Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, and later a Principal Legal Officer and Chief of the Biodiversity/Land Law and Governance Branch in the same Division.

Before joining UNEP, Ms. Mrema worked with Tanzania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and left as a Counsellor/Senior Legal Counsel. During her time with the Ministry, she lectured in Public International Law and Conference Diplomacy at Tanzania's Centre for Foreign Relations and Diplomacy. Currently, she is a pro bono lecturer at the University of Nairobi - Law School, and in the past at the International Development Law Organization, Rome, Italy.

A lawyer and career diplomat with LLB (Hons) from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, LLM from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy (Summa Cum Laude) from the Centre of Foreign Relations and Diplomacy in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Ms. Mrema has published articles on international environmental law, compliance and enforcement of conventions and developed several multilateral environmental agreements negotiation tools, handbooks and guidelines currently used by UNEP in its capacity-building programmes.

Statements

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2019-12-05
Statement by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of World Soil Day 2019
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2019-12-02
Statement by Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of the meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Invasive Alien Species, Montreal, 2-4 December 2019
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2019-12-01
Statement by Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the opening of the Thematic Workshop on Area-Based Conservation Measures, La Prairie, Canada, 1-3 December 2019
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2019-11-29
Statement by Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Officer-in-Charge, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the closing of the twenty-third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, 29 November 2019, Montreal, Canada
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2019-11-25
Statement for the opening of the twenty-third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Officer-in-Charge, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 25-29 November 2019, Montreal, Canada
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2019-11-20
Opening statement of Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Officer-in-Charge, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the eleventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal, Canada, 20-22 November 2019
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2019-10-30
Statement by Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of World Cities Day 2019
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2019-10-17
Statement by Dr Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication Of Poverty 17 October 2019
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2019-10-15
Statement by Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of the World Food Day 16 October 2019
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2019-10-15
Statement by Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women 15 October 2019
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2019-10-11
Statement by Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity ,on the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day
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2019-09-27
Statement by Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of World Tourism Day 2019
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2019-08-30
Statement by Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, at the closing of the first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Nairobi, 30 August 2019
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2019-08-27
Statement by Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, at the opening of the first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Nairobi, August 27, 2019
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2019-08-06
Statement of the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, UN Assistant Secretary-General, on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
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2019-07-02
Opening Statement, Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, 9th Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, 2 - 5 July 2019
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2019-06-06
Message from the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, on the occasion of the World Oceans Day, 8 June 2019: “Gender and the Ocean”
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2019-06-04
Message from the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr. Cristiana Paşca-Palmer, on the occasion of the World Environment Day, 5 June 2019: “Beat Air Pollution”
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2019-05-04
Statement by Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, at the closing of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, 4 May 2019
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2019-04-22
Opening statement by Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of the eighteenth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 22 April to 3 May 2019. Theme: “Traditional knowledge: generation, transmission and protection”
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2019-03-11
Statement by Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya, 11–15 March 2019
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2019-01-28
Opening statement by Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation Workshop on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, 28 January 2019
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2019-01-28
Statement of the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the occasion of the Official Launch of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 28 January 2019
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2018-11-29
Statement of the Executive Secretary, Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, at the closing of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference 2018, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 29 November 2018
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2018-11-17
Opening statement by Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the 2018 United Nations Biodiversity Conference, 17 November 2018, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt