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Corli Pretorius

Deputy Director, UNEP-WCMC | Senior Management Team

Corli Pretorius is Deputy Director of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). She brings 20 years of experience in global public policy on environment and development, including the last 10 years with the UN Environment Programme – first at its headquarters in Nairobi, then in New York and now Cambridge, UK. Enabling governments and business to better integrate biodiversity and ecosystem knowledge in decision-making is a key component of her work. Earlier, she was IUCN’s head of global communications, based in Gland, Switzerland. She started her international career with the Secretariat of the World Commission on Dams, based in Cape Town, South Africa. She has degrees in planning, agricultural development and agricultural economics.

Previous experience & expertise

Corli brings 20-years work experience in the fields of environmental management, agriculture and sustainable development, including 12 years at the international level in multilateral and multi-stakeholder contexts. Before taking up her position at UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre , she represented UN Environment in the New York-based inter-agency coordination mechanisms, most notably the UNDG's working groups and task forces, as well as supporting the Executive Director of UN Environment as Chairperson of the High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and as member of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). During her tenure at IUCN she led a consultative process at IUCN with team members, management and external stakeholders to obtain political buy-in and agreement to restructure the communications function in the organization. The scope of the strategy included corporate communications, engaging on programmatic- and policy results, knowledge transfer and learning. Corli contributes regularly to corporate strategy documents, such as framing UN Environment’s support to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, policy guidance on human rights-environment linkages, and UN system guidance on designing its sustainable development framework at the national level.