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Environmental Leadership Across Scales and Geographies: A Perspective from the United Nations

Event Date: April 21, 2015 - 2 p.m.
Location: Integrated Science Complex, Room 5300

Elliott Harris, UN assistant secretary-general and head of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) New York Office visits UMass Boston on Tuesday, April 21 to share his insights on environmental leadership in a local and global context.

Mr. Harris, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is an expert in international economics, development policy analysis and formulation, and multilateral and inter-agency coordination processes.

He served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 1988 to 2013 and worked in the African Department and the Fiscal Affairs Department. In 2002 he became an advisor in the Policy Development and Review Department focusing on aid effectiveness, liaising with the UN system on the Millennium Development Goals and the Strategic Partnership with Africa, and later serving as the IMF's special representative to the United Nations. In 2013, he joined UNEP as the director of the New York Office and as secretary to the Environment Management Group (EMG). In April 2015, the UN secretary-general appointed Mr. Harris to the post of assistant secretary-general.

Mr. Harris will discuss environmental policy, practice, and careers on the eve of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. 

The event is sponsored by the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.