Senior Adviser on Forests & Climate, UN Environment (UNE)
Charles McNeill recently moved from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to UN Environment. He is presently leading on an Interfaith Rainforest Initiative bringing together religious leaders with Indigenous peoples from around the world to address tropical deforestation. Previously, he was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Environment and Energy Group in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy, where he was responsible for policy coherence, partnerships, strategic initiatives and advocacy related to biodiversity and ecosystems, climate change, sustainable energy and land and water management. He co-managed UNDP’s work with FAO and UNE on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) through the UN-REDD Programme. He led UNDP’s participation in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Charles founded and oversaw the work of the Equator Initiative, a multi-partner effort to foster successful community initiatives in the Equatorial belt to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Prior to joining UNDP in 1992, Charles worked in the non-governmental sector on hunger eradication and sustainable development programmes in South Asia and Africa. After receiving his PhD in genetics, with a focus on conservation biology at the University of California at Davis, he held several academic posts addressing a range of environmental and development issues.
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