Ban names Mauritanian as Deputy Head of UN Environment Programme
Secretary-General Ban Kimoon has announced the appointment of Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania to be the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations agency that is the Organization’s voice on environmental issues.
Mr. Thiaw will succeed Amina Mohamed of Kenya as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). With more than 30 years of experience in the fields of environment and sustainable development, Mr. Thiaw joined UNEP in 2007 as Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation.
Mr. Thiaw joins the agency amid the 1,000 days of action to reach the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline.
Goal 7, on environmental sustainability, includes reducing biodiversity loss, halving the proportion of population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, improving the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020, and integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes, and reducing the loss of environment resources.