Experts' profiles - Mahesh Pradhan
Mahesh Pradhan
Mahesh PRADHAN, was appointed as Head of UNEP's Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU) within the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) in January 2011.

EETU assists with the implementation of UNEP's mission: To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.More specifically, EETU supports the delivery of UNEP's Medium Term Strategy 2010-13: "Generation of environmental education resources, networks and partnerships will support the implementation of the six cross-cutting thematic priorities and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)."

The core focus at EETU is UNEP's enhanced engagement with Universities. This is clustered around three key pillars of education, training and applied research, as well as a cross cutting pillar of networking. Drawing upon the successful Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability into African Universities (MESA)initiative, EETU seeks to consolidate a Global University Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), which will be launched on the margins of the upcoming Rio+20 Conference in June 2012.

In close coordination with UNEP's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Mahesh oversees the partnership with Tongji University through the joint UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) in Shanghai. Similar partnerships at the regional level in Latin America and the Caribbean through MESCA and the Environmental Training Network (ETN), West Asia, Europe and North America are envisaged.

Prior to this, Mahesh has more than 16 years of experience as UNEP's Regional Environmental Affairs Officer for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2009, he was assigned as Interim Director of the AIT-UNEP Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP), which is located on campus of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Pathumthani, Thailand. At RRC.AP, focus was on regional support, network support, knowledge support and cross-cutting institutional support. RRC.AP served as the Secretariat for the Collaborative Action Network (CAN), which brought together more than 40 partners from across the Asia Pacific region engaged in environment and sustainable development issues.
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