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Education, Honors & Awards
Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador
Masters Degree, International Environmental Law (1994)
Lawyer from the Catholic University of Ecuador, with a Master’s degree in International Environmental Law from the American University at Washington D.C. During her career, she has contributed towards sustainable development and environmental conservation efforts. Pioneer in the development of policies and environmental frameworks at a national and international level. With experience in the private and public sectors, civil society and academia. Currently she is part of the City Leadership Programme at Harvard University. At the moment, she is the current Secretary of Environment of the Municipality of Quito. Leading multidisciplinary teams for the environmental management of the capital of Ecuador. During this period, she has received various prizes at a national and international level in recognition of her work within the environmental sector of the city. Additionally, she is the official delegate of the Mayor of Quito to work with international city networks; representing the city in the regional and global Steering Committees of ICLEI- Local Governments for sustainability; Cities Climate Leadership Group C40; and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. The main focus of work with this networks has been raising the voice of cities in the global decision making spaces and the generation of strategies to make cities more sustainable and resilient, creating networks for sharing innovative experiences with and between cities. In 2017, she was recognized by Onalytica Co. As one of the 50 most influential women in the world for climate change. This role, both national and international, has allowed her to have a good understanding of the global objectives and their connection with the local priorities; strengthen intergovernmental relations; good public relations management, and media. He leads the Women for Climate Program in Quito together with Paris and Mexico City. Representative for Ecuador of The Nature Conservancy until 2011. President of the Ecuadorian Centre of Environmental Law until 2013. Member of the Commission of Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Member of the Ecuadorian official delegation for negotiations within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. In the private sector, she has been a senior adviser for social corporate responsibility and environmental management in several industries. As part of her academic activity she has been a professor in various universities in the country, invited to give talks and conferences in different audiences on environmental issues and sustainable development. Currently a professor at the San Francisco de Quito University. In the beginnings of her career she worked in the Municipality of Quito in development and community projects with UNICEF that included components of citizen participation with a focus on the most vulnerable populations of Quito, given her a wide understanding of the social and environmental issues of the city.
Veronica Arias has been the Environmental Secretary for Council City of Quito for over 5 years. She was the former counselor for the private sector and NGO for 13 years. She attends meetings with the Mayor, develops environmental policies and ordinances related to climate change, as well as environmental management; she manages 120 people and is in charge of an international network. Veronica attended law school in QUITO and got her Master's degree in The American University at Washington, DC. Returned to Ecuador to found the first NGO in Ecuador, The Center For Environmental Law, and helped develop the legal framework for laws that are currently in place today. She is best recognized for her expertise in Environmental Law. She has a Masters Degree in National Environmental Law from The American University from 1994. Veronica is a member of the Women for Climate Program, The City Leadership Program of Harvard and The Zero Waste Network. In the future she hopes to do international work related to climate change in the city and work with women to help inspire them to become more engaged in environmental affairs. She is proud of her position, the highest position she has ever held. She is also proud of her ability to communicate and advocate alongside highly recognized women around, while influencing citizens, mayors and governors. She is looking forward to networking and connecting with other like-minded professionals, and to gaining the recognition and credibility of being a member.
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