Vera Baboun

Former Mayor

Bethlehem Municipality

June 9, 5.15pm - 6pm
Plenary Panel - Healthy Placemaking
June 8, 9.30am - 10.15am
Plenary Panel - Understanding Urban Wellbeing
Vera Baboun was elected Mayor of the City of Bethlehem in October 2012, to be the first woman Mayor of the city since its inception. Mayor Baboun is also Member of the Supreme Presidential Commission for the Affairs of Churches in Palestine; Secretary-General of the Association of the Palestinian Local Authorities; and Chairman of the Permanent Conference of the Historic Cities of the Mediterranean, among other positions. Prior to this, she was General Director of the Greek Catholic School in Beith Sahour (2010-2012), and authorized researcher in the network GRACE for gender research for women's empowerment in the Middle East. Mayor Baboun submitted several papers on issues of gender equality in a large number of civil and social organizations both local and international. She has received various awards, including the Pompeo Sarnelli in recognition of her role in serving the city of Bethlehem and supporting its youth; the title and the insignia of the "Star of the Knights of Italy" by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano; and the Medal of High Uniqueness of the City of Paris by Anne Hidalgo Mayor of Paris. Mayor Baboun has been the holder of the message of peace in different conferences worldwide.