Associate Director and Head of New York Office
Emma Torres enjoys a long experience in the United Nations, with increasing level of responsibilities involving management, strategic programme development and negotiations to promote sustainable development initiatives globally and regionally, and more recently as Senior Adviser on Sustainability at the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP.
She coordinated a strategic initiative Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity SuperPower, which makes the case of biodiversity importance for development, equity and long- term competitiveness of the region The report and policy brief were launched at the IberoAmerican Summit of Heads of State in December 2010.
As Deputy Executive Coordinator, UNDP/GEF- a partnership among the UNDP, UNEP and the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the financial mechanism of the main UN Global Environment Conventions-she was responsible for managing a team of over 60 professionals and a over $1Billion portfolio. She advanced numerous initiatives to support a regional agenda on sustainable development as Director of the Regional Programme for Latin America and Caribbean.
As UNDP coordinator for the Commission on Development and Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean she produced “Our Own Agenda”, and “Amazonia without Myths”. Both remain a point of reference in the field. UNDP and the Inter-American Development Bank sponsored the Commission.
She is a Member of the Independent Advisory Group on Sustainability, InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) appointed by the President of IDB. And currently serves as Chair of the Standing Advisory Group on Technical Assistance and Cooperation (SAGTAC) to the Executive Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She is member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) on Sustainable Cities and Forests, Oceans and Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. And Co- Chair of the SDSN Amazonia.
Ms. Torres holds an MA, Economics, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain; a Diploma on Language and French Civilization, Sorbonne, Paris; Certificates in Environmental Economics and Climate Change, IIED, Harvard University.