Ovais Sarmad Appointed to Key Post in UNFCCC (Download PDF)


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Ovais Sarmad who is an Indian national has been appointed by the U. N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the post of Deputy Executive Secretary, which is a key post in the UNFCCC. U. N. Information Centre in Delhi, the appointment has been made after making wide consultations with the Conference of Parties.

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  • A senior Indian official has been appointed as the deputy executive secretary of the UNFCCC.
  • Under which the landmark Paris agreement was negotiated and adopted.
  • Ovais Sarmad, 57, was appointed to the post at the assistant secretary-general level
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said Stephane Djuarric, the spokesperson for Guterres.
  • The appointment is significant as UNFCCC aims to stabilise greenhouse emission and slow down climate change.
  • Who currently serves as Chief of Staff to the Director-General of the IOM.
  • Brings to the position nearly 27 years of experience with International Organization for Migration (IOM).
  • where he worked in several policy and management areas to strengthen its operational effectiveness in close consultation with IOM member States.
  • Born in 1960, Mr. Sarmad holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Osmania University in Hyderabad.

About of UNFCCC:

  • Is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The UNFCCC objective is to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”.
  • The framework set no binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions for individual countries and contains no enforcement mechanisms.
  • Initially an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee produced the text of the Framework Convention during its meeting in New York.
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has 197 parties.


  • The UNFCCC was opened for signature at the 1992 UNCED in Rio de Janeiro.
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- Published/Last Modified on: May 22, 2017


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