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Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme
On 27 December 2022, the UN Secretary-General announced the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema of the United Republic of Tanzania as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). She assumed her responsibilities on 15 February 2023.
Before joining UNEP, she worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania and left as a Counsellor/Senior Legal Counsel. During her time with the ministry, she was also a lecturer in Public International Law and Conference Diplomacy at Tanzania’s Centre for Foreign Relations and Diplomacy. She had also served as a pro bono visiting lecturer at the University of Nairobi Law School and in the past at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Rome, Italy.
A lawyer and career diplomat with LLB (Hons) from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, LLM from Dalhousie University, Canada and Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy (Summa Cum Laude) from the Centre of Foreign Relations and Diplomacy in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. In 2021, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), in collaboration with the UNEP, awarded Ms. Mrema with the Nicholas Robinson Award for Excellence in Environmental Law.