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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. Susan BROWN was among the 20 women selected.

Susan is Director of Global and Regional Policy at WWF and has a lifetime commitment to the conservation

of natural systems through the development of good public policy, environmental advocacy and

constructive political engagement. Over 11 years of international negotiation work, she has led teams

to significant outcomes in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), the Convention on

Biological Diversity, Rio +20, the World Summit of 2005 and many others.

Other achievements include the substantial expansion and reform of environmental law in Australia, a

significant package of measures and new environment funding through the overhaul of the national taxation

system, running a conservation organisation in northern Australia and journalism with stories Australia’s

major newspapers. She is utterly passionate about and absolutely committed to a sustainable, just

and inclusive world. Susan is from North Queensland, Australia.