Sheila Aggarwal-Khan
Sheila Aggarwal-Khan
Topic: Developing and Implementing UNEP's Programme of Work 2014-2016
Sheila Aggarwal-Khan is the head of strategic planning in UNEP working in the organizations programme strategy and planning team. She has previously served as the Chief of UNEPs Quality Assurance Sect...
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Posted on 09/07/2014 11:41:59
Hi Sheila,

How will you support indigenous communities who do not believe in current central government governance policies but are faced with effects of climate variance such as in Uganda?

Alex Nakato (from Uganda)
UNEP works to deliver support to countries to face various environmental challenges, including climate change. UNEP's portfolio of climate change adaptation work focuses on ecosystem based adaptation where site based work includes working with local communities at various sites. One particular example is the ecosystem based adaptation work in the Nile Basin

Posted on 08/07/2014 14:26:25
Dear Sir / Madam,

I have a of 6-9 months fellowship for doing a short research outside Germany. My PhD is in "Development Studies" an interdisciplinary work in "agriculture, water resources, welfare and economics".

I am wondering if there is any research vacancies or possibilities which I can apply and join for 6-9 months.

Best Regards,
Farah Asna
Farah Asna Ashari (from Germany)
Dear Farah
My PhD was also in development studies! Normally, students can do an internship when they are doing their studies. For more information, you can contact

Posted on 08/07/2014 13:40:13
Dear Dr. Sheila,
Thanks for your answer to the question that I posted on February 15, 2009 pertaining to a similar theme, i.e., the development and implementation of UNEP's Program of Work 2010-2011. Since the UNEP Governing Council, that facilitated the previous Programs of Work, has been replaced by the UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA), should we expect to see an improvement with respect to the development and implementation of such biannual Programs of Work?
Francis Bagambilana (from Tanzania (United Republic of))
Dear Francis
Nice to see you are following UNEP. Your question is exactly what we have been focusing upon. With universal membership in the United Nations Environment Assembly, we are seeing changes to the way we are planning our programme of work. We are looking to having a much stronger role for one in leading the formulation of environmental strategies in the UN system, bringing about much stronger coordination on issues pertaining to the environment in the UN system, and strengthening our ability to deliver regionally. Following Rio+20, and subsequent GA decisions on a strengthened UNEP, the coordination function of UNEP has been strengthened, its ability to have a stronger science/policy interface, and strengthen its ability to deliver regionally, leveraging the most strategic partnerships to bring about wider impact.