As part of the International Women's Day 2016 a call for nominations for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment was launched in February 2016. A total of 160 submissions were received, including women working for inter-governmental, non-governmental, governmental and business organizations, academic institutions and civil society. A committee selected 20 of these inspirational women to be part of an exhibition celebrating their achievements, launched on 8 March 2016, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Isabella MARRAS was among the 20 women selected.
Isabella has been working with UNEP since 1997. Her areas of expertise cover sustainable production and consumption, sustainable events, environment management systems and sustainability communications. She initiated the sustainable procurement work of UNEP in 1999; the UNEP UNESCO youthXchange project on sustainable lifestyles for young people (translated in 32 languages) in 2001; the UNEP work on education for sustainable lifestyles in 2006; and then moved to the Sustainable UN initiative in 2007. Isabella is currently the Coordinator of the Sustainable UN (SUN) facility based in Geneva. SUN coordinates the yearly “Moving towards a climate neutral UN” report gathering GHG emissions data from over 60 UN entities worldwide. The facility helps these entities define emissions reductions strategies and to offset. The SUN team is made up of individuals based in global offices and they are the proud parents of the UN campaign “Greening the Blue”.