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Beninese named UN Desertification Convention chief

Posted by African Press International on September 6, 2007

Cotonou (Benin) Former Beninese Environment and Urban Planning minister Luc-Marie Constant Gnancadja was elected executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and soil degradation (UNCCD), diplomatic sources disclosed to APA on Wednesday.

The source close to the Foreign Affairs ministry said Beninese president Yayi Boni had strongly supported Gnancadjas application for the post.

The new deputy secretary-general, 48, served as Beninese Environment, Habitat and Urban Planning minister from June 1999 to February 2005.

Gnancadja is a consultant and expert accredited by the Cotonou court of appeal.

Published by Korir, API*APN africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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