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. Monika LINN was among the 20 women selected.
Monika is Chief of the Sustainable Development and Gender Unit in the Office of the Executive Secretary of UNECE. Her Unit leads and coordinates UNECE’s contributions to the implementation and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as for other cross-sectoral themes in the development field. Monika has 25 years of experience in multilateral work on environment and sustainable development. Before joining the United Nations in 2001, she worked for 10 years in the International Affairs Division of the Swiss Environment Agency and was involved in a wide range of multilateral meetings, conferences and negotiation processes at the global and regional levels. Previous assignments in the UN include work in UNDESA and the Secretariat for the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development , inter-agency cooperation as the first Director of the Environmental Management Group in UNEP, and Deputy Director of the Environment Division in UNECE.