Equality, diversity and saving the planet – these are just a few things on the to-do list for University of Queensland Professor Kerrie Wilson, who has been appointed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Committee (UNESCO).
Professor Wilson, who is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, has been appointed to the Australian National Commission for UNESCO as the Commissioner for Natural Sciences.
“Achieving the goals of UNESCO is more important than ever,” Professor Wilson said.
“Globalisation, diversity and increasing interconnectedness must be used as an opportunity to build a better planet for those who live on it.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work on all the things I’m passionate about – science, better environmental decision making, sustainability, and helping women get equal access to opportunity.”
Professor Wilson will advise the Australian Government and act as a point of contact for the Australian community on UNESCO issues.
UNESCO is tasked with organising international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication to improve the quality of life for all.
“Australia is a founding member of UNESCO, and I hope to have the opportunity to improve the protection of cultural and environmental heritage and get more women into leadership,” Professor Wilson said.
“I’m looking forward to working with the government on these very important issues.”
Australian National Commission for UNESCO Chair Kylie Walker said she looked forward to working with Professor Wilson to see UNESCO objectives flourish.
“Professor Wilson is a scientist of very high standing, both within her field and in the broader Australian community, and I warmly welcome her to the National Commission,” Ms Walker said.
“She brings deep scientific expertise, a global perspective, strong leadership and a commitment to nurturing education and collaboration.”