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Wondwosen K. Asnake

Mr. Wondwosen (Wondy) Asnake Kibret

Wondy is a Programme Management Officer in the UN Environment's Europe Office, responsible for the development and implementation of a wide range of partnership activities in the areas of environment sustainability, health, education, public participation, and socio-economic empowerment, and with partners including governments, sister UN agencies, civil society and academic institutions.

Wondy coordinates UN Environment's engagement in regional ministerial forums, in particular the European Environment and Health Process (EHP), Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and facilitates the participation of major groups and stakeholders (MGS) in the work of UN Environment and UNEA through regional and sub-regional consultations and programme delivery. He actively contributes to the implementation of the 2030 agenda, while promoting the role and positioning UN Environment on SDGs at the regional, sub-regional and national levels, including substantive inputs to the work of the UNDG Europe and Central Asia, and Geneva based intergovernmental processes, and promoting an integrated approach for environmental sustainability at national level.

He regularly contributes to cross-cutting environment and sustainable development issues and priorities linked to education and gender mainstreaming. He leads the expansion of the Global Universities Partnership Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) network in Europe. He regularly gives lectures to a large number of visiting universities, and in that past, led and coordinated the environment sustainability class of the annual UN Geneva Graduate Study Programme.

He pioneered the first UN Environment youth magazine on environment sustainability, served as one of the youngest members of the Sport and Environment Commission of the International Olympic Committee, and as a member of UN Secretary-General's Inter-Agency Task Force on Sport for Development and Peace in framing sport as tool for development.

Wondy is a strong advocate for the active participation of non-state actors and new mind-sets for sustainable development pathways. He is a believer in the power of education and empowerment of young people to make a positive difference in the world. He is part of the core team that developed the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, a UN system-wide effort for the promotion of youth employment worldwide.

He holds a BA and MIBA from Messiah College and Alliant International University.

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