Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren
First president of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

Wednesday 9 Sep

09.30 - 12.00


Dr. Oyun was elected president at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, taking over from Sudanese Minister of Environment and Forestry Hassan Abdel-Gadir Hilal, who was President of the Governing Council. She brings a wealth of experience in environmentalism and political consensus-building to this vital role.

She has been a continuously elected Member of Parliament since entering politics in 1998, pushing crucial legislation in areas such as anti-corruption and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). From 2005 to 2008 she chaired the Mongolian Parliament's sub-committee on the MDGs and poverty reduction.

She has been the leader of the Civil Will Green Party since 2000. When Dr. Oyun took up the environment portfolio in 2012, environment became one of the priority agendas of the Mongolian government, which hosted World Environment Day in 2013. Mongolia joined the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) during the event, and has pledged to transition to a green future by promoting renewable energy, sustainable tourism and tackling air pollution, amongst other measures. Mongolia's Parliament recently approved the country's Green Development Strategy.

Dr. Oyun is also the Vice-Chair of Mongolia's National Committee on Sustainable Development, and her ministry is in charge of formulating Mongolia's post-2015 development goals.

Married with three children, Dr. Oyun holds a Ph.D in Earth Sciences from Cambridge University, UK, and a BA and M.Sc. in Geochemistry from Charles University, Czech Republic. She is the founder and head of the Zorig Foundation, a Mongolian organization dedicated to the advancement of democracy and youth education.

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