Former Portugal Prime Minister and Current United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, has appointed leading Indian economist Ligia Noronha as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Prior to joining the UN Environment Programme, Noronha worked at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi as Executive Director (Research Coordination) and as Director of the Division on Resources, Regulation and Global Security.
- She is an economist with over thirty-years of international experience in the field of sustainable development.
- Ligia Noronha has worked since the year 2014 as Director of UNEP’s Economy Division based in Nairobi, leading UNEP’s work on climate mitigation and energy transitions; on inclusive green economies, sustainable consumption and production, as well as on trade and sustainable finance, and the nexus of environment, pollution and health.
Ligia Noronha appointed as UN Assistant Secretary-General