|2nd UNCCD Executive Secretary|
1 Ocober 2007 – 33 September 2013
|Preceded by||Hama Arba Diallo|
|Succeeded by||Monique Barbut|
|Minister of the Environment, Housing, and Urban Planning of Benin|
June 1999 – February 2005
19 October 1958 |
Porto Novo, Benin
Luc-Marie Constant Gnacadja or simply Luc Gnacadja is a Beninese politician and architect. He is the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification from 2007 until 2013.
United Nations career
In September 2007, Luc Gnacadja was appointed as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, after he was endorsed by the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties of the UNCCD. In applying for the position, Gnacadja was said to have been backed by Beninese President Yayi Boni. Gnacadja's second term concluded at the end of September 2013.
During the past decade, Gnacadja was a guiding voice for sustainable land development in the negotiations leading up to Rio+20, the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. His personal efforts to promote adoption of an international commitment to a “land degradation–neutral world” was deemed a critical step forward.
Minister of the Environment, Housing, and Urban Planning
Before taking up his position as head of the UNCCD, he served as Minister of the Environment, Housing, and Urban Planning from June 1999 to February 2005 under President Mathieu Kérékou. Gnacadja was the candidate of the Envol movement in the March 2006 presidential election, receiving 11th place and 0.68% of the vote.
Education and Awards
Luc Gnacadja earned an architecture degree at the African Crafts School of Architecture and Urbanism in Lomé, Togo, and later studied at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the World Bank Institute.
On November 17, 2014, Gnacadja was awarded the Jeffery Cook Prize in Desert Architecture at the International Drylands, Deserts and Desertification Conference organized by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR)
Earlier in March 2003, Gnacadja was awarded the Green Award 2002 by the World Bank in Washington. for promoting environment-friendly public expenditure reform in Benin.
- "Secretary-General appoints Luc Gnacadja of Benin Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification", UN.org, SG/A/1092, September 11, 2007.
- "Beninese named UN Desertification Convention chief", African Press Agency, September 5, 2007.
- according to The expert committee overseeing the Cook Prize for Desert Architecture led by Prof. David Perlmutter, chair of the Bona Terra Department of Man in the Desert at the BIDR http://www.unccd.int/Lists/SiteDocumentLibrary/Media/NewsHighlight/Cook_Prize_Press_Release.pdf
- Page on 2006 presidential candidates, BBC Afrique (French).
- Page on 2006 presidential candidates, sonangnon.net (French).
- Elections in Benin, African Elections Database.
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