September 23, 2008

UNEP Names New Regional Director for Africa

UNEP names new regional director for Africa

NAIROBI, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Mounkaila Goumandakoye has been appointed as the new resident at the Regional Director's office for UNEP in Africa.

Mounkaila has taken over from Sekou Toure, who now works as the Conflict resolution Commissioner at the Global Environment Fund ( GEF) in Washington.

The new Director, who was appointed to the position in June, joins UNEP from UNDP Drylands Development Centre, where he has been the acting director since last year.

Prior to that, he was Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa of the United Nations Soudano Sahelian Office (UNSO) , the UN environmental agency said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

"While new to the UNEP family, he has obtained a wealth of experience in the field of environment and therefore brings extensive leadership and management experience in environment, both at the policy and grassroots levels," it said.

"He also combines an understanding of the geopolitical and socioeconomic situation in Africa with practical experiences on how UNEP can further strengthen its role and relevance on the continent."

Prior to joining the UN, Mounkaila, from Niger, has worked at the national and regional levels on the nexus between environment and sustainable development.

He was Director of Environment of Niger after holding the position of Head of the Ecology and Environment Division of CILSS, a Sub Regional Organization devoted to drought mitigation in the nine Sahelian countries of West and Central Africa.

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