Experts' profiles - Serge Bounda
Serge Bounda
Mr. Constant-Serge Bounda is the new UNEP representative to the African Union (AU), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Government of Ethiopia.

Mr. Bounda brings on board extensive knowledge, experience and competence in international relations founded on his previous work that entailed liaison with governments at the Head of State and Ministerial levels. Having work for several UN agencies (ILO, WHO, UNOG, WMO, UN-ICTR and UNEP) he has profound knowledge of the United Nations' institutional framework and a mastery of diplomatic skills that have seen him represent UNEP at high level international meetings.

His professional career has included assignments with the UNEP's Support Office to the Nobel Peace Laureate, Goodwill Ambassador for the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystem and Co-chair of the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF), Prof. Wangari Maathai where he served as a Senior Programme Officer before his new appointment. While in office, he successfully helped to mobilize USD 200 million for development projects in Central Africa and played a significant role in advocacy and awareness raising on the Congo Basin rain forests to world leaders from USA, Japan, UK, France, Germany, Norway and Italy. Additionally, he coordinated the implementation of UNEP-led projects in the Congo Basin region among them, the Mayombe Transboundary Project which aims to create a transboundary protected area between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo and Angola.

Mr. Bounda has been involved in the organization of high level strategic meetings in Africa including at ministerial and heads of state level.

Globally, Mr. Bounda has represented UNEP at the roundtable discussions at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the US Senate Hearings on the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (2009); meetings of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), the Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD IV). He is also member of the UN-REDD team, a joint UNDP-FAO-UNEP programme on deforestation and forest degradation.

Prior to this, in his capacity as the Chief of the Sergio Vieira de Mello United Nations Information Services, Mr. Bounda spearheaded the establishment and implementation of a common United Nations Library in Nairobi, Kenya, for all the UN agencies. He coordinated the initiation of a strategic partnership that led to the establishment of an Environmental Information Center in Iraq and South-Sudan to empower and build capacity for government officials, researchers and the civil society in post-war countries. In addition, he played a crucial role in working closely with Yale University, WHO, FAO and leading publishers to implement the Online Access to Research in Environment project (OARE), which aims at providing free access to online environmental journals for people in developing world and to reduce the digital gap between the North and the South.

In May 2003, he was honoured by UNEP as the first recipient of the Staff Member of Quarter Award (January to April 2003) in recognition of his creativity, professionalism and hard work.

Mr. Bounda is a Congolese national and was born in Brazzaville in 1966 and is fluent in both French and English. His educational background includes a Degree in Information science and a Degree in History (Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies - DEA - en Histoire - Mention tres honorable (Universite Lyon II Lumiere, France).

Mr. Bounda is married with four children.
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