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IISD Welcomes Ambassador Therese Adam to its Board of Directors

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WINNIPEG—November 20, 2017—The International Institute for Sustainable Development is pleased to welcome Ambassador (ret.) Therese Adam to its board of directors, following a unanimous vote at the board’s most recent general meeting.

“Switzerland is a leader in advancing sustainable development, climate action, green finance and freshwater stewardship at home and globally,” said IISD Chair Alan Young. “The IISD Board is therefore immensely honoured to welcome Ambassador Therese Adam, who has nearly 30 years of experience as a Swiss diplomat.”

During her time as head of the Global Environment Division at Swiss Development Cooperation, Ambassador Adam focused on issues such as the sustainable use of natural resources, agricultural research, prevention of natural disasters, sustainable development and the Rio Conventions. She has also headed missions to more than 40 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa and Latin America as Assistant Director General of Cooperation with Eastern Europe and the CIS.

Her areas of expertise include political analysis, diplomacy, conflict prevention, facilitation of peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction, the peace-security and sustainable development nexus and the UN Agenda 2030, human rights and rule of law, gender, urban safety, prevention of violent extremism and transnational organized crime.

“With IISD’s global reach and important programmatic work—such as investment, fossil fuel subsidy reform and climate refugees—coordinated from its Geneva office, IISD looks forward to benefiting from Therese’s strategic advice,” Young said.

About the International Institute for Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today – ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic and social rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, Toronto and Beijing, our work impacts lives in nearly 100 countries.

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