Veteran Indian diplomat appointed Assistant Secretary General in UNEP

Veteran Indian development economist and UN official Satya S Tripathi has been appointed by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), PTI reported. Satya will succeed Elliott Harris of Trinidad and Tobago.

Satya is currently the Senior Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at UNEP and possesses 35 years of experience as a lawyer. He worked with the UN since 1998 in Europe, Asia and Africa on strategic assignments in sustainable development, human rights, democratic governance and legal affairs, spokesman for the Secretary-General Stphane Dujarric told reporters here on Monday.

He had previously been the Director and Executive Head of the United Nations Office for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries Coordination in Indonesia, as well as for the United Nations Recovery Coordinator for the USD 7 billion post-tsunami and post-conflict recovery efforts in Aceh and Nias.

He also participated as the Chair of the Committees on Laws and Treaties for the United Nations-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004.

He was also a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Natural Resources Governance with the World Agroforestry Centre and on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Forests.

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