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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.

Malcolm Johnson started his mandate as Deputy Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union on 1 January 2015. From 2007 to 2014 he served as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau where he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility, considerably increasing the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities. During his time leading the TSB he led a push for gender equality, increasing the number of female staff in the bureau and supporting junior staff to achieve their potential  and take forward the work on climate change and sustainability. Between 2003 and 2006, Malcolm was International Coordinator at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications. In previous positions, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radiocommunications Agency worked in the European Commission’s Telecommunication Regulations Division.

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