Chief of the Sustainable Consumption and Production
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Arab Hoballah serves as the Chief of Sustainable Consumption and Production/SCP in UNEP since October 2005. Among other responsibilities, he looks for mainstreaming Resource Efficiency and SCP policies at local, national, regional and global levels, as well as improving the decision making process, in particular through: 1/ a series of sectors such as water and energy, buildings and cities, manufacturing and cleaner and safer production, tourism, food and education; 2/ a series of tools and methodologies such as decoupling and life cycle assessment, scenarios and indicators, labeling and procurement; and 3/ partnerships and multi-stakeholders approach in close cooperation with governments, business and industry, and civil society.
Among the achievements, several global initiatives were launched, various important projects implemented, many international, regional and national roundtables established; at Rio+20, the only issue that was explicitly adopted was the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP.
Prior to this post, he spent 14 years working in the UNEP Regional Seas programme as Deputy Director of the Blue Plan and then Deputy Coordinator of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP). He established and managed the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development, and assisted several countries in developing sustainable development strategies and coastal areas management plans. Prior to 1991, he worked for several institutions in developing countries, including several years with World Bank projects in Yemen.
Born in 1954 in Lebanon, educated in a multicultural environment (Lebanon, Senegal and France) and married to a Colombian, Arab Hoballah holds a MSc in Economic Tools and Prospective Analysis, a MSc in Law and International Relations and a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Paris, France.