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This page was updated on: 12/10/10

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DECEMBER

FAO Appoints New Deputy Director-General

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the appointment of Ann Tutwiler as the new Deputy Director-General for Knowledge. Tutwiler was previously the Coordinator for Global Food Security at the US Department of Agriculture and will be first female to hold the Deputy Director-General of Knowledge position. [FAO press release]

OCTOBER

Herman Scheer, father of IRENA, Passed Away

Hermann Scheer, who had been a member of the German parliament since 1980, passed away on 14 October 2010. He was also President of the European Association for Renewable Energy (Eurosolar) and General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy, and was referred to as the father of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). [IRENA press release]

 

Adnan Amin Selected to Perform Functions of IRENA Interim Director-General

The fourth session of the Preparatory Commission of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which took place from 24-25 October 2010, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, decided that Adnan Amin will perform the functions of Interim Director-General of IRENA until the first assembly in 2011. Amin, a Kenyan citizen, was selected in August 2010 as Deputy Interim Director-General of IRENA. Adnan Amin served as the Director of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). He will replace Hélène Pelosse, who served in this position since June 2009. [IRENA press release]

UNCCD Executive Secretary Re-Appointed to Second Term

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has re-appointed Luc Gnacadja (Benin) as the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Announced on 11 October 2010, Gnacadja's second three-year term took effect from 1 October 2010. [UNCCD press release]

Former UNHABITAT Executive Director Elected to Chair Steering Committee of WSSCC
On 15 October 2010, t
he Steering Committee of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) elected Anna Tibaijuka, Former Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, as its new Chair. Prof. Tibaijuka will succeed Roberto Lenton when his second and final term of office comes to an end in March 2011. [More]

SEPTEMBER

Former Chilean President to Head New UN Women’s Agency

On 14 September, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nominated former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to head United Nations Women (UN Women), a newly created entity to oversee all of the UN programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights and full participation in global affairs, including the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW). [More information]

 

World Bank Appoints Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Leader

The World Bank has announced the appointment of Daniel M. Kammen as the organization’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, a new position created to provide strategic leadership on this topic within the Bank. His appointment will be effective on 4 October 2010. [World Bank press release]

JULY

Christiana Figueres Takes Up UNFCCC Post

Christiana Figueres commenced her new duties on 8 July 2010, becoming the fourth UNFCCC Executive Secretary. She was appointed as the new UNFCCC Executive Secretary by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 17 May 2010. The appointment was endorsed by the Bureau of the Convention. [UNFCCC announcement]

 

UNCTAD Secretary-General Joins High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing

Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), has accepted the UN Secretary-General's invitation to join his High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. [UNCTAD press release]

MAY

NEW UNFCCC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY APPOINTED

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat, as Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, to replace Yvo de Boer on 1 July 2010. Figueres has been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team since 1995. She represented Latin America and the Caribbean on the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism in 2007, and was then elected Vice President of the Conference of the Parties for the 2008-2009 period.

 

She has served as Director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Planning in Costa Rica, and as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture. She was also the Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and is founder of the Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA). More information.

 

COMMITTEE ON SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT HEAD NAMED

Daniele Giovannucci has been tapped to be the acting Executive Director of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA). COSA is a global consortium of institutions – led by the Sustainable Commodity Initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It promotes effective sustainability via innovative measurement of impacts at the environmental, social, and economic levels. Giovannucci, a former food company executive and Senior Consultant to the World Bank Group, is one of the co-founders of COSA. More information.

 

RAMSAR SECRETARY GENERAL’S TERM RENEWED

Among the outcomes of the 41st meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee, which took place from 26 April-1 May 2010, in Kobuleti, Georgia, was the decision to renew Secretary General Anada Tiéga’s tenure for another term. Standing Committee report.

APRIL

UNEP FINANCE INITIATIVE APPOINTS NEW CO-CHAIRS

The UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has appointed two new co-chairs: Barbara Krumsiek of the Calvert Group, and Richard Burrett of Earth Capital Partners. The co-chairs are expected to lead UNEP FI over the next two years in the run up to Rio+20 in 2012. UNEP Finance Initiative press release, 28 April 2010.

 

UNEP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RE-ELECTED

On 22 April 2010, the UN General Assembly re-elected Achim Steiner as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for a further four years, beginning 15 June 2010. More information.

MARCH

JOHN SCANLON APPOINTED AS NEW CITES SECRETARY-GENERAL

John Scanlon, an Australian national and top advisor at UNEP, has been named the new Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Scanlon succeeds Willem Wijnstekers, who has been Secretary-General of the CITES Secretariat since 1999 and will retire on 1 May 2010. CITES press release.

 

COORDINATOR OF ABIDJAN CONVENTION NAMED

Abou Bamba is leaving his post as Senior Advisor for the Africa Region for the Ramsar Convention, and is taking the position as Coordinator of the UNEP Convention for Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West, Central and Southern African Region (Abidjan Convention). The position is under the UNEP Environmental Policy Division (DEPI). More information.

FEBRUARY

NEW UN-WATER CHAIR NAMED

Zafar Adeel will succeed Pasquale Steduto as UN-Water Chair. Adeel is Director of the Institute for Water, Environment and Health at the United Nations University in Hamilton, Canada. More information.

 

FORMER UNFCCC COP 15 PRESIDENT HEDEGAARD BECOMES FIRST-TIME EU COMMISSIONER ON CLIMATE ACTION

The European Parliament has approved the new European Commission, with the vote taking the form of a single ballot on the whole College of Commissioners, consisting of one Commissioner from each of the 27 EU Member States, on 9 February 2010, in Strasbourg, France. Following approval by the European Council, Connie Hedegaard (Denmark), former President of the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the UNFCCC, has been appointed as the first Commissioner for Climate Action, and Janez Potočnik (Slovenia) Commissioner on environment. The new Commission will stay in office until 31 October 2014. EU press release.

 

NEW UNFCCC COP AND COP/MOP PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED

The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an information note (YdB/DBO/NAW/esp/Log 276-10) informing parties that Lykke Friis, the Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, has replaced Lars Løkke Rasmuseen, the Prime Minister of Denmark, as the President of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) for the remainder of the mandate of Denmark’s presidency. More information.

JANUARY

IFPRI NAMES SHENGGEN FAN AS NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL

On 15 December 2009, Shenggen Fan took office as the new director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), one of the international agricultural research centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Fan, who joined IFPRI 15 years ago as a research fellow, succeeded Joachim von Braun, who led IFRPI for seven years. He has served as director of the International Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and is an Executive Committee member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. IFPRI press release.

 

UNICEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WILL NOT SEEK A SECOND TERM

The United Nations Children�s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman has announced that she will not seek a second five-year term. More information.

 

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS UNDP ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR

The UN Secretary-General has appointed Rebeca Grynspan, former Minister and Vice-President of Costa Rica, as Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). With the appointment of Grynspan, women hold the top two managerial positions in UNDP. More information.


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