The United Nations Environment Programme is the global authority that sets the environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
The organization works on delivering transformational change for people and nature by drilling down on the root causes of the three planetary crises of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste. UNEP employs seven interlinked subprogrammes for action: Climate Action, Chemicals and Pollutions Action, Nature Action, Science Policy, Environmental Governance, Finance and Economic Transformations and Digital Transformations.
During this session you will learn more about:
- UNEP's work
- The wide range of career opportunities available for interested alumni and graduate students at CEU
- The application and selection process and how to apply to the organization through the UN Secretariat INSPIRA platform
There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation, so come prepared with questions!
Marianna Bolshakova (LEGS'98) is the Regional Coordinator for Environmental Law and Governance at UNEP Europe Office in Geneva. She joined UNEP in 2020 after 10 years as Legal Officer with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change where she supported the negotiations process, including the drafting of the Paris Agreement and its implementing framework, and coordinated work on the compliance mechanisms. Before this, Marianna worked at the UN Economic Commission for Europe on environmental governance, treaty compliance regimes, education for sustainable development and the sustainable development initiatives. Prior to joining the UN in 2003, she managed multi-country environmental policy projects for the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe. Marianna started her legal career at the first public interest environmental advocacy in Ukraine in 1995. She holds LLM degrees in Civil Law and in Comparative Constitutional Law.
Jane Gachare-Kariuki is the Human Resources Officer, UNEP, in charge of Recruitment. Jane commenced her career in Human Resources Management in the Corporate world, in the banking sector. She later joined the UN World Food Programme as Head of HR for Kenya Country Office, later serving in the Regional Office for East and Central Africa. She later joined the UN Secretariat in 2017 and in 2021 she was deployed to UNEP as Human Resources Officer in charge of recruitment for staff and non-staff categories.
Additional contact person for inquiries from CEU students and alumni: Soraya Soemadiredja (ENVS '16), firstname.lastname@example.org.
While all CEU students and alumni are welcome to attend, the roles / career paths presented during this event will be primarily for graduate students and alumni.
This event will be held on campus in Vienna with speakers connecting remotely. Please register in advance. You will have an opportunity to indicate if you are not able to attend in person so that we can send you details for joining remotely.