Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), has over 30 years’ experience in sustainable development, international diplomacy, governance, and finance. From 2006 to 2012, she was Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and World Bank Vice President. Prior to that she was a UNEP director, preceding which she oversaw diverse functions in the French Aid system, ranging from aid evaluation to serving as Executive Director of Agence Française de Dévéloppement. She played a key role in the 1992 Rio Earth Summit finance negotiations and GEF’s creation thereafter.

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“Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.” –Niels Bohr, Danish philosopher and Nobel-Prize-winning physicist   With at least 9.5 billion people on earth by 2050, population pressure, higher consumer expectations, and climate change will degrade …

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