Biography

Ania led the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food as its first Coordinator, based at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. She was then based at WHO as Head of Secretariat for a multi-stakeholder forum on strengthening research for health, focusing upon developing the research-policy interface. As Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership (2009-2015) she managed the worldwide network and its global secretariat. She has been deeply involved in stakeholder consultations in establishing the Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular the global water goal. In 2015, Ania took up the position of Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Since November 2015, Ania has fulfilled the role of Acting Secretary General ad interim.

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Across the world, women play a central role in providing, managing, and safeguarding wetland and water resources. The purpose of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is to support the conservation and wise use of these extraordinary natural areas. Case studies featuring women from Ramsar Sites in Burkina Faso, Greece, and Iraq can be used to […]

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Almost 25 years ago, women and men gathered in Dublin, Ireland, for an international conference on water and the environment. The Dublin Statement on Water and Sustainable Development agreed upon at this event was a pivotal document six months before Rio and the Earth Summit.1 The Dublin Statement provided the first official recognition of …

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