At the age of 9, Felix Finkbeiner, inspired by the story of Wangari Maathai, developed the idea that children could promote climate justice by planting a million trees in every country. With the support of children from over a hundred countries, Felix launched the children and youth initiative Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007. So far, over 63,000 children and youth in 58 countries have been trained in Plant-for-the-Planet Academies. As climate justice ambassadors, these children and youth give speeches to adults, pressure them to act and fight for their future. Their goal is to plant a Trillion Trees together with people from all over the world to capture CO2 and slow down the climate crisis.
Mr. Olivier Adam (France) took up his appointment as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on 2 January 2017.
Olivier joined UNV after having served with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as Deputy Regional Director and Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Regional Bureau for Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (2014-2016). Prior to this, Olivier served in different capacities with UNDP (1990-2014), including as Manager of the Bratislava Regional Centre, UN Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative in the Ukraine, Head of Global Fund Partnership, Deputy Resident Representative in Argentina, Assistant Resident Representative in Haiti and Deputy Director, Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. He started his career in the UN system as Junior Professional Officer with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (1987-1990).
Olivier holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Master in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po).
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