Deputy Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific.
UN Environment Asia Pacific Office
Dr. Isabelle Louis has more than 25 years of global, Asia Pacific regional and national level
experience in sustainable development and natural resource management as well as in office
operations, programme management and multidisciplinary team management.
Isabelle has been Deputy Regional Director at UN Environment since September 2014. She coordinates the UN Environment’s Programme Initiatives in the Asia Pacific region pursuant to the organization’s mandate to support the UN Member States in the region on issues related to sustainable development and the environment, including climate change, environmental governance, resource efficiency, pollution, gender mainstreaming, SDGs implementation and ecosystems management. She facilitates UN Environment’s strategic partnerships in the region, including the private sector, intergovernmental networks, civil society and research institutions.
Prior to joining UN Environment, she was the Director of the Asia Pacific Programme for WWF International, based in Switzerland and Singapore, and Deputy Executive Director at WWF Malaysia.
Isabelle, a Malaysian national, has a scientific background in Botany and Plant Pathology. She received her BSc and PhD from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom, followed by a Teaching Fellowship at the National University of Singapore and a Post doctorate Fellowship at Harvard University.
“Through the 2030 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the global
community has drawn up an ambitious plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. Achieving the
Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. SDG 12; Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production patterns)
and laying foundations for addressing climate change within the 2015-2030 window of opportunity can
only be described as historic. In fact, there is now an unprecedented realization among decision makers
from public and private sectors across Asia Pacific that socio-economic and financial policies and practices
must play a far greater role in addressing climate change challenges and achieving resource efficient green
In this context, the keynote address will emphasize how the inclusion of more Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) practices can promote sustainable growth; contribute to economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asia Pacific, and how it can support the development of a green economy and mitigation of climate change in the region. It will highlight the significance of partnerships including governments, the private sector and communities to accelerate the shift towards Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns, and provide solutions for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), in particular innovative initiatives that have been successful in promoting resource efficient green growth across Asia Pacific.”