Black Faculty Speaker Series

Ibrahim Thiaw, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UNCCD

"Environmental Justice: Seeding the Ground, Planting New Roots"

Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Ibrahim Thiaw was appointed as Under Secretary General of the United Nations and UNCCD Executive Secretary on 31 January 2019. The Mauritanian brings 40 years of experience in sustainable development, environmental governance and natural resource management. Executive Secretary Thiaw is well-poised to lead the global effort on land restoration, build drought resilience; and improve food security, gender equality and land rights for vulnerable populations. Before joining UNCCD, he was Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the Sahel, where he supported the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) and the development of a UN Support Plan for the Sahel.  From 2013 to 2018 he served as Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Before that he was the Director of UNEP’s Division for Environmental Policy Implementation, and he also served as the Regional Director for West Africa, and later Acting Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).   


12:00pm    Student Lunch and Fireside Chat (Limited to Students Only) 

                     Location: Honors Village Room 1068

4:00pm       Keynote & Reception (Open to all)

                     Location: The Center for Creative Photography

RSVP (RSVP is encouraged due to limited seating)


4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 2023


The Center for Creative Photography