10YFP South-South Cooperation Conference on Sustainable Consumption and Production
The South-South Cooperation Conference on sustainable consumption and production (SCP), organized by the Ministry of the Environment, Brazil, and UN Environment, was held in Brasilia with the objective of fostering South-South cooperation on SCP in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, as a means of achieving the SDGs.
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Sustainable tourism was one of the themes of South-South Cooperation with a dedicated working group, held on the 6th of April, where members of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme had the opportunity to exchange with representatives from governments, development agencies, and experts on their experiences and lessons learned from implementing South-South Cooperation projects and Triangular Cooperation projects with a focus on biodiversity protection and good governance.
The working group also highlighted the role the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme is playing in (1) fostering the systematic application of sustainable practices in tourism to accelerate the shift towards SCP patterns, and (2) facilitating the dissemination of experiences and best practices on SCP among the network of the programme, and (3) identifying opportunities for their replication and scaling up from both regions.
Ms. Ligia Noronha began her role as United Nations Assistant Secretary- General and Head of the New York Office at UNEP on 1 April 2021. In this role she works in establishing and maintaining critical links with the Permanent Missions of Member States to the United Nations, the United Nations Secretariat, other UN System organizations and entities headquartered in New York, major groups, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector. Through her leadership of the New York Office, she seeks to promote effective integration of the environmental dimension in the UN System, in the inter-agency mechanisms and in the intergovernmental processes while raising awareness of emerging environmental issues and the outcomes of the United Nations Environment Assembly. An economist with over 30 years of international experience in the field of sustainable development, Ms. Noronha previously served as Director of UNEP’s Economy Division based in Paris and Nairobi, leading UNEP’s work on climate mitigation and energy transitions; on inclusive green economies, circularity and sustainable consumption and production, as well as on trade and sustainable finance; on extractives, and the nexus of environment, pollution and health. During her tenure, Ms. Noronha positioned the Economy Division as a center for integrated actions in support of the 2030 Agenda. Prior to joining UNEP, Ms. Noronha worked as Executive Director at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi; she served as Secretary of the Asian Energy Institute and as Coordinator of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP), and worked with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai, as well as a Master’s degree in Sea Use Law, Economics and Policy and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. Ms. Noronha is married with three children.
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Ms. Bárcena assumed office as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on 1 July 2008. She had previously served as the Under-Secretary-General for Management at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the former Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan. Alicia Bárcena held the post of Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of ECLAC's Environment and Human Settlements Division. Prior to her time at ECLAC, Ms. Bárcena served as Co-ordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Sustainable Development Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), responsible for the Environmental Citizenship Project at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Alicia Bárcena was the Founding Director of the Earth Council in Costa Rica, a non-governmental organization in charge of follow-up to the agreements reached at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. She has been awarded honoris causa doctorates from the University of Oslo, Norway, in September 2014, the University of Havana, Cuba, in March 2016, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in September 2019. In July 2015, she was appointed by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as extraordinary teacher to collaborate at the Economics School and other entities. On 1 October 2014 she received the medal 2013 in International Relations of the University of Anáhuac.
Paula Caballero was Senior Director of the World Bank Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice between July 2014 and August 2016. Prior to joining the Bank, she was the Director for Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia. In this role, she managed the team responsible for formulating foreign policy on a broad range of sustainable development issues including climate change, biodiversity, land degradation, fisheries, agriculture and transboundary systems, working closely with a wide array of national and international counterparts. She was a leading voice and negotiator in international fora, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Post 2015 framework. She was awarded a Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2014 for her contribution to “environmental action leading to positive change.” Earlier in her career, she served with the Energy and Environment Unit for Latin America & Caribbean at UNDP. She was also Assistant Executive Director for the Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea (ACOPS), and has worked with academia, media, and the private sector. A Colombian national, Paula has a Master’s in International Relations (Transboundary Water Management) from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a B.A. Magna cum Laude, from Brown University.
Dr. Timothy Afful-Koomson is a Chief Climate Finance Officer with the African Development Bank’s Safeguards and Compliance Division where he coordinates the Bank’s capacity development initiatives on Green Growth. He also coordinates the Bank’s implementation of the Regional Flagship Programs designed by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment as part of the outcomes of Rio+20 and supports the Bank’s participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process. Previously, Timothy was a Senior Fellow in Environmental Policy at the United Nations University, a Managing Partner at EcubeMetrix LLC, and a Senior Investment Advisor with Merrill Lynch. Timothy graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University with a PhD in International Trade and Investment.
Dr. Ramjeawon has more than 32 years of experience working for academic institutions, government agencies, industries, and international organizations. He is a professor of environmental engineering in the department of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Mauritius, holding a diplome D’Ingenieur in water sciences and technology from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montpellier (France) and a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Mauritius. He was a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at Virginia Tech in the USA, a visiting scholar at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in South Africa, a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi and at the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore in India. He has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in environmental management and environmental engineering and has been successful in attracting research income from national and international funding organizations and has a good record in higher degree by research supervision. He has held a number of senior management positions, such as head of the Civil Engineering department, dean of Faculty of Engineering, and acting vice chancellor of the University of Mauritius. I have more than 65 publications in international journals and conference proceedings and recently published a book on sustainability for senior undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students. He is also an ENVISION Sustainability Professional.
Charles Arden-Clarke trained as a zoologist and ecologist and worked for six years in the Political Ecology Research Group in the UK, primarily on the environmental impacts of nuclear power and of conventional and organic farming systems. Between 1990 and 1999 he developed and led WWF International’s Trade and Investment programme. This work focused mainly on the environmental impacts of WTO rules and negotiations, related ISO standards and the proposed Multilateral Agreement on Investment. He has worked for UN Environment since January 2000, initially with the Economics and Trade Branch on the effects of trade liberalisation on the environment and the relationship between WTO rules and multilateral environmental agreements. Since 2004 he has worked at the Economy Division in Paris, and from 2007 onwards on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). He headed the secretariat of the Marrakech Process and is currently Head of the Secretariat of the Ten Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (the “10YFP”).
Ms. Fernandez Luiselli is currently serving as Deputy Attorney for the Environment, and Animal Protection and Welfare for Mexico City. Since 2001 and for almost 18 years, she worked for the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) as senior advisor and chief of staff in the last three Federal Administrations. After being appointed Director General of the Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources in 2016, lead a team of more than 40 technicians specialized in the development of regulatory and promotion instruments for the protection, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, including genetic resources, water and soils; sustainable management of forest ecosystems; marine, coastal and terrestrial biodiversity; and biosafety. She served as National Focal Point for the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity and as Co-Chair of the Board for the UN Environment 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Production and Consumption. Looking for clear commitments from all sectors for redirecting national development towards green growth and sustainability, beyond mere proposal and discussion, Ms. Fernandez and her team work in the consolidation of a coherent and effective regulatory framework that promotes the sustainable use of natural resources and environmental protection, facilitate compliance with environmental obligations, promote the best environmental performance practices and, therefore, give legal certainty to the regulated sectors. Ms. Fernandez has a degree in Biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Rodrigo Pizarro is an economist from the London School of Economics, Master of Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Environmental Studies from Stanford University. He has more than 20 years of experience in evaluation analysis and management of public policies in the environmental field. He is currently a professor and academic in economics and environmental policy at the University of Santiago de Chile. He recently served as head of the Information and Environmental Economics Division of the Ministry of Environment of Chile (2014-2018), where he was in charge of the implementation of the green growth agenda, the sustainable consumption and production program, and the environmental accounts program, among others. In addition, he has been a representative of Chile in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), Green Growth Group of the Pacific Alliance, IPBES focal point, 10YFP, among others.
Dr. Ligia Castro de Doens is Advisor to the Minister and Director of Climate Change of Ministry of Environment of Panama. Prior to her appointment, she was Director of Environment and Climate Change at the same Ministry 2015 – 2018 and Director of Environment 2011- 2014 of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF). She has held senior level positions within the public sector of Panama and environmental organizations, previously serving as Minister of Environmental Conservation and General Administrator of the National Environment Authority (ANAM) of Panama and Deputy Director of the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC). Mrs. Castro de Doens has a degree in Geography from the University of Havana, Cuba; She has a master’s degree in Biological Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a Postgraduate Degree in Senior Management from ADEN Business School.