Natalia Uribe Pando has been appointed new Secretary General of Regions4, the Network that exclusively represents the voice of regional governments in the UN processes and major events on biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development.
Natalia Uribe, joined Regions4 in 2020 and has played a key role in the strategy and advocacy work of the organisation, building partnerships, and widely contributing to the Network’s vision and roadmap to achieve objectives to 2030. Now, she takes over as Secretary General, as Iñaki Susaeta stepped down from the position after a two-year mandate.
The new Regions4 Secretary General counts with over 17 years of experience in the field of international cooperation and sustainable development, at local, regional, and international levels, with a strong background with the UN, including working with UNICEF, UNESCO, and the UN Office to Support the Water Decade. In her different positions of responsibility, she has worked to lead advocacy efforts and influence decision-makers, build the capacities of key stakeholders, facilitate networks, and create strategic partnerships with intergovernmental organizations, governments, civil society, development cooperation agencies and academic institutions, including in a number of countries in Latin American and Africa.
In her new role, Natalia will lead the efforts to provide visibility of the role of regional governments in the localisation of the global biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development agendas, and their crucial contribution to achieve the Global Goals.
In addition, the Regions4 Secretariat has been reinforced by the appointment of Executive Director, Ivan Draganic, who will join the team of experts formed by: Héloïse Chicou, Climate Action Advocacy Officer; Ivy Moraes, Sustainable Development Manager; Mayra García- Blásquez, RegionsAdapt Officer; and Renata Gómez, Biodiversity Manager.
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