An informal discussion on Rio+20 and UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum, with the newly appointed Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Ms Amina Mohamed, took place at the International Environment House on 25 August 2011.
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed, last May, Amina Mohamed as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.
From 2000-2006, Ms. Mohamed was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN in Geneva. Her many achievements included being the first woman to chair the General Council of the World Trade Organization, and the first African and first woman to be elected Chair of the Council for the International Organization for Migration.
Since 2008, Ms. Mohamed has been the Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs of the Republic of Kenya where her leadership played a key role in the political, legal and constitutional reform process.
Among many important roles in her new functions as Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Mohamed will be responsible for further advancing the UNEP Medium Term Strategy and related reform agenda, as well as strengthening UNEP’s political and substantive input to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development and beyond.
Ms. Mohamed brings a wealth of experience to this position at the national and international level as a distinguished diplomat, lawyer, manager and policymaker working across the sustainable development and environment policy agendas.
Coffee & Tea
Welcome and introduction
Christophe Bouvier, Director and Regional Representative, UNEP
Informal discussion on Rio+20 and UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum
Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP