Guterres appoints Indian economist Ligia Noronha as UN Assistat Secretary-General and Head of UNEP NY office

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Ligia Noronha will succeed fellow Indian and development economist Satya Tripathi. (Image Source: Twitter)

Ligia Noronha is an economist with extensive international experience of over 30 years in the field of sustainable development. 

According to a statement on Thursday, the United Nations (UN) chief António Guterres appointed Indian economist Ligia Noronha as UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Noronha will succeed fellow Indian and development economist Satya Tripathi. 

Noronha is an economist with extensive international experience of over 30 years in the field of sustainable development. Since 2014, she has worked as the Director of UNEP’s Economy Division based in Nairobi. In her role, she led UNEP’s efforts on climate mitigation and energy transitions, on inclusive green economies, sustainable consumption, and production. She also headed the work on trade and sustainable finance, and the nexus of environment, health, and pollution.  

Before joining UNEP, Noronha served as the Executive Director (Research Coordination) and as Director of the Division on Resources, Regulation, and Global Security at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi.  

Noronha was the Secretary of the Asian Energy Institute and Coordinator of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP), South Asia. She has also worked with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. 

She has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai also has a Master’s degree in Sea Use Law, Economics, and Policy. She finished her PhD at the London School of Economics.

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