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UN Permanent Observer Mission

IUCN maintains a formally accredited permanent observer mission to the UN in New York. IUCN has also designated representatives for the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Geneva, and Vienna, and has participated regularly in mission-relevant discussions under the auspices of the UNGA and ECOSOC (UN Economic & Social Council). The IUCN's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations was established on 17 December 1999, as environmental issues continue to assume a greater role in many multilateral organizations. 

IUCN is the only international observer organization in the UN General Assembly with expertise in issues concerning the environment, specifically biodiversity, nature conservation and sustainable natural resource use. The USA and Caribbean Multilateral office manages the implementation of this mission, with co-operation from the Environmental Law Centre in Bonn, and under the direct supervision of the Director General.

Narinder Kakar at United Nations

IUCN UN Permanent Observer

Narinder Kakar is IUCN’s UN Permanent Observer in New York. Narinder devotes half of his time working for IUCN and the other half to his work as Director of the UN Liaison Office in New York of the University for Peace. Narinder also serves as Visiting Professor to the University, teaching a course on the United Nations System.

An Indian citizen, Narinder has extensive experience of the UN, including 30 years' work with UNDP, both in New York and at country level, as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. He also was associated with the work of the IPCC.

Narinder obtained his B.A. from the Delhi Polytechnic and received a Diploma in Journalism from the Institute of Journalism in Delhi. He also received an MBA degree from Haceteppe University in Turkey. He was a Research Associate at Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA, in 1994, carrying out work in the field of social development.

He has served on a number of important boards and committees, including the UN Joint Staff Pension Board and the Board of Directors of the UN Federal Credit Union, of which he was Chairman. Within the United Nations he served as Chairperson of the UN Joint Appeals Board for a number of years.