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Izabella Teixeira was Minister of the Environment in 2010, and in 2011 reappointed by Dilma Rousseff, then President of Brazil. She focus on fighting deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, and has achieved an 84% reduction in deforestation from 2004 to 2012. She successfully hosted Rio+20 (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development). In 2012, she was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve on the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
In 2017 she was elected as co-chair of UNEP's International Resource Panel. For her outstanding career, Izabella received the United Nations Environment Programme's Champions of the Earth Award for Policy Leadership in 2013.