Ban appoints Brazilian environment official as UN biodiversity chief

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20 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, a national of Brazil, as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Mr. Dias, who is currently the National Secretary for Biodiversity and Forests at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, was chosen for his extensive experience in policy-making and in coordinating the implementation of biodiversity policies, programmes and projects at a national and international level.

He has also been directly responsible for overseeing several multi-institution programmes and has been deeply involved with the negotiations and implementation of the Convention since its origin and participated, as a member of the Brazilian delegation, in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

In announcing his appointment, Mr. Ban thanked Mr. Dias’ predecessor Ahmed Djoghlaf for his continued commitment and contribution to the CBD in his capacity as Executive Secretary.

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