Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, has appointed Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
UNEP has stated that Thiaw has succeeded Amina Mohamed of Kenya as Assistant Secretary-General and UNEP Deputy Executive Director. Mohamed is currently Kenya’s cabinet secretary for foreign affairs.
Thiaw, who joined UNEP’s Senior Management Team in 2007 as Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, has been highly recommended by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner:
“Thiaw’s professional qualifications and over 30 years of experience in the fields of environment and sustainable development, coupled with his knowledge of UNEP and multilateral processes, make him an outstanding choice for this position.”
Steiner also said that Thiaw has led UNEP’s contribution to intergovernmental processes such as the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
He also held lead responsibility for UNEP’s Post Conflict and Disasters Sub-programme.
In the UN Secretary-General’s opinion, “Thiaw’s professional career spans the full spectrum of practical work at national and regional levels to leading global programmes and experience of UN inter-agency and intergovernmental processes.”
“I congratulate him on his appointment and look forward to working with him in his new capacity as UNEP evolves its work on the inclusive Green Economy, the outcomes of the Rio+20 Summit and the post 2015 sustainable development agenda,” Steiner said.