IUCN Council, which met from 2 to 4 June 2003 at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, has appointed Ms. Samar Malek Azar as the new CEL Regional Vice Chair for West Asia.
The appointment was made upon the recommendation of the CEL
Chair, which was unanimously supported by the CEL Steering Committee at its last meeting held in the Carpathian Mountains in the Ukraine from 15 to17 May 2003.Samar, who is Lebanese, is based in Beirut where she is a legal consultant at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment.
During the last two years she
has been participating in high-level decision making on issues regarding environmental legislation in Lebanon.Samar
has been actively engaged in working for the ratification of international agreements and protocols by Lebanon.She speaks fluent Arabic, French and English and has extensive experience in commercial and contracts law.Samar
has pledged to focus her
efforts within the IUCN CEL
on the development of environmental legislation in her