Corli Pretorius

Deputy Director at UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)



Corli is responsible for advising and supporting the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre Director in exercising their strategic management responsibilities across programmatic, policy and managerial issues. Her responsibilities include: development and evaluation of new project areas; development and maintenance of effective liaison with key partners and constituencies, including Governments, and key donor partners; and providing programmatic support, including guidance on engaging with UN system entities, human rights-environment linkages, as well as integrating gender equality and the empowerment of women.
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.