UN chief Antonio Guterres has appointed main Indian economist Ligia Noronha as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Ms Noronha will succeed fellow Indian and growth economist Satya Tripathi to whom Secretary-General Guterres is “grateful for his leadership and dedicated service during his tenure,” based on a press release right here on Thursday.
Ms Noronha is an economist with over 30 years of worldwide expertise within the discipline of sustainable growth.
She has labored since 2014 as Director of UNEP’s Economy Division based mostly in Nairobi, main UNEP’s work on local weather mitigation and power transitions; on inclusive inexperienced economies, sustainable consumption and manufacturing, in addition to on commerce and sustainable finance, and the nexus of surroundings, air pollution and well being, the assertion stated.
Prior to becoming a member of UNEP, Ms Noronha labored at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, as Executive Director (Research Coordination) and as Director of the Division on Resources, Regulation and Global Security, it stated.
She served as Secretary of the Asian Energy Institute and as Coordinator of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP), South Asia and labored with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada on ecosystem approaches to human well being.
Ms Noronha joins a rising record of girls from India appointed to helm key UN businesses. Last week, Guterres appointed main funding skilled Usha Rao-Monari of India as Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Ms Noronha has served on numerous boards, knowledgeable panels and advisory committees on ecosystems, pure assets and minerals and metals.
According to her profile on the UNEP web site, she has been a member of the Planning Board of the Government of Goa and member of the Goa Jubilee Development Council, a member of Shell International’s External Review Committee on Sustainability Reporting.
She served as a member of the Global Assurance Group of the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development undertaking, which examined how the mining and minerals sector may contribute to the worldwide transition to sustainable growth, it stated.
She holds a Master’s diploma in Economics from the University of Mumbai, in addition to a Master’s diploma in Sea Use Law, Economics and Policy and a PhD from the London School of Economics.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the “leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.”
Last week, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), which focuses on offering microfinance entry to least developed nations (LDCs), stated Preeti Sinha has commenced her tenure as Executive Secretary of the UN company.
In January final 12 months, Guterres appointed Gita Sabharwal of India because the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Thailand. Sabharwal, with 25 years of expertise in growth, peacebuilding, governance and social coverage throughout 5 Asian nations, beforehand served the United Nations in Sri Lanka because the Peacebuilding and Development Advisor for almost seven years.
Former Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research Soumya Swaminathan is the Chief Scientist on the World Health Organisation.
In 2019, Anita Bhatia of India, an skilled chief within the space of strategic partnerships, useful resource mobilization and administration, was appointed by Guterres as Assistant Secretary-General for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).