Raj Shende retires
Delegates at the 64th meeting of the Executive Committee for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol in Montreal, 25-29 July 2011, paid tribute to Mr. Rajendra Shende, Head of the OzonAction Programme, for his long and successful career assisting Article 5 Parties to the Montreal Protocol.
The meeting report described how “tribute was paid to the outgoing head of UNEP’s OzonAction Branch, Rajendra Shende, to recognize his instrumental and unwavering support to ozone layer protection. During his career, Mr. Shende pioneered and helped strengthen UNEP’s regional networks and played a key role in ensuring funding for UNEP’s Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP). Mr Shende thanked the Executive Committee for teaching him profound lessons, and expressed his desire to continue contributing to its work from the sidelines."
The OzonAction team in Paris and the CAP teams in the regions also sincerely thank Mr Shende for his 19-years leadership. Mr Shende will be greatly missed and remembered for his innovative ideas and strong hand in directing the Programme.