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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.

Julie Dekens is a Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), where she has helped elevate gender as an institutional priority. Julie currently leads the development of IISD’s work in agricultural value chains and private sector engagement in climate adaptation. Much of Julie’s work has focused on climate risk management in Africa and Asia, particularly in the agriculture sector. She has extensive experience in using participatory approaches to support climate risk mainstreaming, as well as working with both communities and government officials on climate adaptation planning and capacity building. Prior to joining IISD, Julie worked in Kathmandu, Nepal, for ICIMOD, a regional knowledge centre serving the Hindu Kush Himalaya region where she was particularly active in promoting the integration of local knowledge on disaster preparedness. Julie holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management.

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