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Seminar 9

“Future of Planet Earth” Participant Biography

Paris, France | June 3–5, 2008

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Alfred Oteng-Yeboah

Alfred Oteng-Yeboah is retired but an active academician and environmentalist. His extensive international experiences include:

Chair, 9th and 10th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). During his tenure, specific targets and goals running along the UN Millennium Development Goals were introduced into the CBD to achieve a substantial reduction in the loss of global biodiversity by 2010.

Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA). Oteng-Yeboah contributed to the achievement of the world-acclaimed assessment report on the world’s resources.

Member, Scientific Advisory Committee of UNEP-WCMC. Oteng-Yeboah provided inputs into the work of this UN body on monitoring.

Alternate and now the full Council member for coastal West Africa to the Global Environment Facility (GEF). He has represented Ghana as the alternate on the GEF council and provided inputs to ensure the sub-region has its share of funds allocation. His three-year tenure started in January 2008.

Member, Task Force for International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) on forest indigenous knowledge in Africa. Oteng-Yeboah was identified for this ongoing programme through his contributions at the world scene.

Member of the bureau of SBSTTA for its 11th meeting. The African group decided to keep Oteng-Yeboah on the bureau of this body to support the in-coming Chair from Europe to ensure continuity.

Vice-Chairman, Standing Committee of CITES. The major assignment given to Oteng-Yeboah was to chair a group in Ottawa, Canada, in April 2006 to draft a strategic vision for this multilateral environmental organisation under UNEP as it braces itself towards challenges of the millennium from 2008 to 2013. The draft was discussed by the Standing Committee at its 54th meeting held in Geneva with recommendation to improve the document further based on the comments. This has happened and the document will be discussed at the CITES Conference of Parties in June 2007.

Member, Board of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA). This board is the main authority responsible for the compilation of the assessment. As a follow-up to the world reactions of the MA report, a seven-member scientific panel including Oteng-Yeboah met in Paris in January 2007 to plan a series of actions for governments. The January meeting was followed by the establishment of a 15-member group under UNESCO, ICSU, and UNU. The group has prepared a paper for publication in Science magazine on gaps in sub-global ecosystem assessments.

Member, Governing Council of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) Nairobi. This Council co-ordinates technology policy studies, especially on the environment for Africa.

Member, International Steering Committee for GEF project on Removing Barriers to Invasive Alien Species, executed by CABI on behalf of four African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia).

Member, International Advisory Committee for UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Oteng-Yeboah was invited to this committee by the Director-General of UNESCO for a three-year assignment. He attended the first meeting of the committee in June 2006.

Member, Scientific panel for the UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). In this position (recently assigned), Oteng-Yeboah will be the spokesperson for Africa on scientific advice needed to secure the migratory routes of migrating animals, especially birds.

Co-chair, International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB). This is an initiative started by the President of France to charge and encourage nations to protect and use their biological resources in a manner that will ensure sustainability. The committee is made up of very prominent international biologists. Recently, the committee published an article in Nature calling on mankind to ensure the halt in the loss of biological diversity.