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Mexico`s Eduardo Ganem takes over leadership of multilateral fund

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Nairobi -- Mr. Ganem was most recently Deputy Chief Officer of the Montreal Fund, and has served the Multilateral Fund Secretariat in different capacities since 1991.

Mexican national Eduardo Ganem today took up his post at the helm of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, the funding mechanism established in 1991 to assist developing countries in meeting their commitments to the landmark treaty on protecting the ozone layer.

Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), welcomed Mr. Ganem's leadership, noting that he brings to the position of Chief Officer extensive first-hand experience in policy development and project management, particularly in the phasing out of ozone-depleting substances.

Mr. Ganem was most recently Deputy Chief Officer of the Montreal Fund, and has served the Multilateral Fund Secretariat in different capacities since 1991. He began his professional life over 30 years ago developing environmental impact studies in various regions of Mexico. Since then, he has worked with UNEP's Latin America and Caribbean regional office as well as its Industry and Environment office. Mr. Ganem's academic qualifications include a degree in Environmental Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in environmental protection and control, and water and waste treatment.

Mr. Steiner also thanked outgoing Chief Officer Maria Nolan, who has served in the position since February 2004 and was instrumental in leading the Fund Secretariat towards the 2010 CFC target and re-orienting the Secretariat to deal with accelerated HCFC phase-out. Outside of the Multilateral Fund, Ms. Nolan also acted as Head of Stratospheric Ozone Policy in the United Kingdom, as policy adviser to UNEP's Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee, as President of the Montreal Protocol's Implementation Committee and as the co-chair of the Protocol's Open Ended Working Group in 2003.

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