UN Digest: UN- Habitat

UN Digest: World Metereological Organization

UN Digest | Stage 1

As a series of touch points each day, UN leaders will share a thematic digest in short ‘explainer’ videos. UN leaders from across the UN System will share the vision for their organization’s efforts responding to the urgency to accelerate action to deliver the SDGs. These digests will illustrate their priorities, and to explain what is at stake, why you should care and how people everywhere can take action.


Maimunah Mohd Sharif
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), appointed at the level of Under-Secretary-General by the Secretary-General, following an election by the General Assembly on 22 December 2017. She succeeds Dr. Joan Clos of Spain. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sharif was the Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia. Ms. Sharif began her career as a Town Planner at the Municipal Council of Penang Island in 1985. In 2003, she was promoted to Director of Planning and Development, a position she held until November 2009. Born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, on 26 August 1961, Ms. Sharif holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Town Planning Studies from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, UK and a Master of Science in Planning Studies from the Malaysia Science University.
Professor Petteri Taalas
Secretary-General, World Metereological Organization

Professor Petteri Taalas has been the Secretary-General of WMO since 1 January 2016. He was appointed by the World Meteorological Congress in 2015 for a first four-year term. He is now serving his second four-year term (Jan 2020-Dec 2023). Prior to becoming Secretary-General, Professor Taalas was Director General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (2007–2015 and 2002–2005) and Director of WMO Development and Regional Activities Department (2005-2007). Professor Taalas began his career as an ozone research scientist and becme a professor in remote sensing. Professor Taalas holds a PHD in Meteorology from the University of Helsinki, and degrees in Management and Executive Education from the Helsinki School of Economics. Professor Taalas is the author of ~50 peer-reviewed papers on satellite technology, global change, climate & atmospheric chemistry, and dozens of other publications & presentations.

September 23, 10:00
10:00 — 10:15EST(GMT-4) (15′)

Accountability, Cities, Climate, Data, Inequalities, Leave No One Behind, Multilateralism, Planet, Technology

Maimunah Mohd Sharif (UN-Habitat), Petteri Taalas (World Metereological Organization)