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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.

Vera Weick joined UN Environment in 2003 and has since been committed to bring sustainability to the heart of economic policies and practices, including ensuring that gender issues are given due attention in this work. She has led initiatives to analyze the linkages between trade and biodiversity, advance sustainability assessment in national development planning and build capacity on economic tools in environmental management. She contributed to UN Environment's flagship report on Green Economy and led the launch of training programmes. Vera currently coordinates a partnership between five UN agencies to advance inclusive green economies in 14 countries. Vera previously worked for the German Technical Cooperation in Indonesia, supporting enterprises to switch to cleaner production methods and running trainings in South Africa, Thailand, Algeria and Vietnam. Vera holds a Master's degree in Economics and Business Administration and a postgraduate degree from the German Development Institute. 

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