Satya Tripathi

Satya Tripathi

Secretary-General of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet; former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office UN Environment

Satya S. Tripathi is Secretary-General of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet.

A development economist and lawyer with nearly 40 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi has served with the UN for more than two decades in key positions across the planet in the areas of Climate Change, Human Rights, Democratic Governance, and Legal Affairs. He was most recently the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of New York Office at UNEP, and Secretary of the UN Environment Management Group. His earlier engagements with the UN include: Head of Human Rights Investigations for the UN in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH); Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami recovery efforts in support of the Indonesian government and affected populations; and Executive Head of UNORCID, a UN System Office established by the UN Secretary-General in 2011 to facilitate the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and other stakeholders. Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF) in 2017 to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact for millions of people in developing countries. He previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Forests; World Agroforestry Centre as ‘Senior Distinguished Fellow on Natural Resources Governance’; and in India as a member of its national civil service.