Chairs of the LDC Group

CURRENT CHAIR

Prakash Mathema (Nepal): Chair from January 2013 – Present. Prakash Mathema is Joint Secretary (Tech.), Chief of Climate Change Management Division, National Focal Point to UNFCCC, based at Nepal’s Ministry of Science, Technology & Environment. He has over 20 years of experience in the fields of forestry, watershed management and policy planning.

FORMER CHAIRS

Pa Ousman Jarju (The Gambia): Chair from January 2011 – December 2012. Pa Ousman Jarju is Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources, Parks and Wildlife and UNFCCC Focal Point of the Gambia. He was formerly a lead negotiator for the African Group on Kyoto Protocol matters, and a member of the LDC Expert Group and of the UNFCCC Expert Review Team. Mr Jarju is the lead negotiator and Special Climate Envoy of the Gambia. He is also the chairperson of the National Climate Change Committee and of the National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation.
Bruno Sekoli (Lesotho): Chair from May 2009 – December 2010
Motsomi Maletjane (Lesotho): Chair from January 2009 – April 2009
Amjad Abdulla (Maldives): Chair from January 2006 – December 2008. Amjad Abdulla is the Director General and multidisciplinary team leader at the Climate Change & Energy Department at the Ministry of Housing and Environment of the Maldives and has served in various capacities and various posts at the Government of Maldives since 1996. [Download CV]
Mohammad Reazuddin (Bangladesh): Chair from 1 January 2005- 31 December 2006. Mohammad Reazuddin was director of Bangladesh’s Department of Environment and the country’s focal point on climate change during his tenure as LDC Chair in the UNFCCC process. Currently, he chairs a multidisciplinary forum called Environment and Climate Change Initiatives engaged in policy dialogue and practical action research.
Richard Muyungi (Tanzania): Chair from 2001-2003. Richard Muyungi is the Assistant Director of Environment in the Vice President’s Office of the United Republic of Tanzania and the National Climate Change Focal Point. For the past 24 years he has worked for the Government and the international community in the area of environment, climate change and sustainable development at various positions. [Download detailed biography]
Mama Konaté (Mali): Chair from 2000-2001. Mama Konaté was Chair of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA), and inaugural Chair of the LDC Group and the Expert Group on Technology Transfer.  In a national capacity he was Director-General of the Mali Meteorological Service, permanent representative of Mali with WMO and UNFCCC Focal Point for Mali.
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