Helena Molin Valdés is an experienced leader within the United Nations system and a long-time proponent of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaption, and disaster reduction.

Ms Molin Valdés has authored, co-authored or coordinated many papers, handbooks, global reviews and reports on local development, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and resilience. She has worked extensively with both UNEP and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has organised and led international delegations and events, including at RIO+10, Rio +20 and several of the UNFCCC COPs.

Ms Molin Valdés has been instrumental in making the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) an important force in global disaster management.