Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Monique Barbut, a French national, is Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Previously, she was Special Advisor to the CEO of Agence Française de Développement Group and Advisor to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) Roundtable on the Green Economy.

Ms Barbut held different positions in the French aid system from 1981 to 2003, at which point she was managing director of Agence Française de Developpement in charge of all French departments and territories overseas as well as all states of Indian, Pacific and Caribbean Oceans.

As a member of the French government delegation to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Ms Barbut was a key player in the financing negotiations, and later on an active negotiator in the creation of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as well as the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF), to which she was appointed first Chief Executive Officer.

From 2006 to 2012 she was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Prior to joining the GEF, Ms Barbut served as Director of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Ms Barbut holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She studied a Master’s degree in Economics (International Finance option) at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Paris.

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