The former under-secretary-general and executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ibrahim Thiaw has been designated to act as the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
In a statement he signed, the Mauritanian said the appointment becomes effective July 17, 2022, until a new executive secretary is appointed.
“I am confident that, together with Deputy Executive Secretary Sarmad Ovais and the UNFCCC senior management, the continuity will be uninterrupted during this transitional period to deliver on the ambitious agenda ahead of UNFCCC COP27.
“I also remain committed to ensuring that there will be no disruption in the dispensing of my functions as executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and, particularly, the delivery of the mandate the UNCCD parties have entrusted me with at COP15.
“I look forward to working with the secretary-general and UNFCCC parties to facilitate a smooth transition to the next UNFCCC leadership and extend my thanks to the UNCCD COP15 president, the bureau and staff for the willingness to share my time with our sister convention,” the statement added.