United Nations: Antonio Gutares, the United Nations chief, has appointed Indian economist Ligia Noronha as assistant general secretary and head of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in New York’s office. . Noronha will replace his Indian colleague and economist Satya Tripathi. Gutareis issued a statement on Thursday, thanking him for his leadership and dedication to his work during Tripathi’s tenure.
Noronha is an economist and has 30 years of international experience in the field of sustainable development. He has worked as a Director in the Economic Department of UNNEP in Nairobi since 2014. Prior to joining UNEP, Noronha has also been Executive Director (Research Co-ordination) and Director of Resources, Regulation and Global Security Section at The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) in New Delhi. It is worth mentioning that in recent times, the number of Indian women in UN agencies has increased.
Gutarais last week appointed investment affairs specialist Usha Rao Monari as the Under Secretary General and Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).