Biodiversity / CCAFS / Climate Change / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / PLE

Kenyan woman to lead world environment body

UNEP Deputy Amina

Amina Mohamed, New Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Amina Mohamed, a Kenyan national, has been named Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She becomes one of the most senior serving Kenyans in the UN. The announcement was made by the United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon.

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.

She has also served as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN in Geneva and was also 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.

ILRI works closely with the UNEP towards preserving and maintaining the integrity of the environment. Several research units within ILRI including the People Livestock and Environment Theme have livestock-environment interactions, biodiversity and climate adaptation at the top of their agenda.

Slightly edited from UNEP media statement.
Photo: UNEP

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