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“We can also highlight and facilitate the extraordinary work of all defenders fighting for gender equality and all women defending human rights generally. By recognizing the work of these defenders, we can bring them additional credibility and operational space in their countries. And we can also devise ways to ensure that they are able to carry out this work in supportive environments, free from violence, threats, and discrimination.” 

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Ms. Flavia Pansieri first joined the United Nations through the United Nations Development Programme in 1983 in China. She later moved on to different positions within the UN system in other countries, including Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Laos where she served as Director of the UN Drug Control Programme. She worked in Vienna between 1995 and 1998 and served as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in New York from 1998 to 2001, when she rejoined UNDP. Between 2001 and 2004, Ms. Pansieri headed the Country Operations Division of UNDP overseeing all programming activities in the Arab region. From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Pansieri served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Yemen. Ms. Pansieri went on to serve as Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) from 2008 to 2013. She was UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2013-2015.