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Julia Marton Lefèvre is the former Director General of IUCN (the International Union for Conservation of Nature). Prior to this position, she was Rector of the University for Peace, Executive Director of LEAD International and Executive Director of The International Council for Science. She is a member of several boards, including the UN Global Compact, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and the UN Secretary General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. She is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a Councillor of the World Future Council. Ms. Marton-Lefèvre has co-authored numerous books and papers. She is a recipient of the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science, Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur (France) and Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Saint-Charles (Monaco). Born in Hungary, Ms. Marton-Lefèvre studied history, ecology and environmental planning in the US and in France.

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.