November 18th 2016

One year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Thomas Gass21.4 min
Thomas Gass of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs shared his key insights about the first year of implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. In this first episode of Peer Talk LIVE, he was joined by more than 50 participants from across the globe representing different sectors in the discussion of what the world has achieved and what we still need to do to deliver a truly transformational agenda.
UNSSC Peer Talk LIVE provides a platform for UN staff and stakeholders from academia, foundations, civil society and the private sector to join live discussions and ask senior UN officials and representatives from different stakeholders questions in real-time. It offers a space for peers to talk to each other on topics related to their work on sustainable development.

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Thomas Gass
Thomas Gass
Thomas Gass was appointed by the Secretary-General as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA and took office on 3 September 2013.

From 2009 to 2013, Thomas Gass served as Head of the Mission of Switzerland to Nepal (Ambassador and Country Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), where he established the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal. He also chaired the Donors of the Nepal Peace Trust Fund. Before, from 2004-2009, Mr Gass was Head of the Economic and Development Section at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in New York, where he represented Switzerland’s interests, in particular in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), its subsidiary Commissions, the General Assembly and the Executive Boards of the major UN Funds and Programmes. During this time, Mr Gass was the Chair of the Donor Group of the UN Global Compact. In 2006, he was the Vice-President for Western European and Other Group (WEOG) of the Commission on Population and Development, and in 2008 he was the Vice-President (WEOG) of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA. In 2007, he successfully facilitated the landmark TCPR/QCPR Resolution, the periodic review of the General Assembly operational system for development.

Mr Gass also served as Policy and Programme Officer for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, as Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Guyana, and as Regional Director for Europe with the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute in Rome.

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