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Michael Stanley-Jones

A Programme Management Officer with UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Summary

Michael Stanley-Jones serves as a Programme Management Officer with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Currently based in Nairobi, he is part of the Ecosystems Integration Branch within UNDP/UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (2018-2022). Michael's work involves addressing environmental challenges and integrating sustainable development goals.

In addition to his current role, he played a crucial part in founding and serving as the co-Secretary of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion from July 2019 to September 2020. In this capacity, he advocated for the alignment of the textile and apparel industries with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

With a rich background in environmental governance, Michael Stanley-Jones has previously served in roles such as Public Information Officer and Press Liaison for the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions from 2009 to 2014. These global treaties focus on hazardous chemicals and wastes, reflecting his commitment to addressing environmental issues at a global level. Furthermore, his contributions to the UN Economic Commission for Europe in the Secretariat of the Aarhus Convention from 2004 to 2009 showcased his dedication to promoting access to information, public participation, and justice in environmental matters.

Michael holds a B.A. in Government from San Jose State University (California State University) and a Master of Arts in Politics from The Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Beyond his professional pursuits, he expresses a passion for comedy, nature, and poetry, highlighting a well-rounded and diverse set of interests.

Biography

Michael Stanley Jones currently serves in the UN Environment Programme’s Ecosystems Integration Branch with UNDP/UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (2018-2022) based in Nairobi. In his role as outgoing co-Secretary and a founder of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion (July 2019-September 2020), he passionately advocated for engaging with the textile and apparel industries to align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

From 2009 to 2014, Michael Stanley Jones served as a Public Information Officer and Press Liaison with the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions. These three influential global treaties address hazardous chemicals and wastes, reflecting his dedication to environmental issues. Prior to that, he contributed his expertise to the UN Economic Commission for Europe in the Secretariat of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making, and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention 1998) from 2004 to 2009. During this period, he played a key role in bringing the Kiev Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (2003) into force and managed the Aarhus Clearinghouse for Environmental Democracy.

Michael holds a B.A. in Government from San Jose State University (California State University) and a Master of Arts in Politics from The Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Beyond his professional endeavors, he finds passion in comedy, nature, and poetry, reflecting a diverse and well-rounded set of interests.


Vision

Michael Stanley-Jones envisions a sustainable and environmentally conscious future. With a focus on integrating ecosystems, addressing environmental challenges, and promoting sustainable development goals, he strives for a world where industry, particularly in fashion, aligns with the principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. His vision is rooted in global cooperation and governance, aiming to create a harmonious balance between human activities and the environment. Beyond his professional pursuits, his passion for comedy, nature, and poetry reflects a holistic and well-rounded perspective on life and sustainability.


Recognition and Awards
Outside the United Nations, Michael Stanley-Jones has served in academia, business, civil society and the public sector. In 1993-1994, he assisted the 10-nation Danube Environmental Forum with negotiation of the Danube River Protection Convention (1994). As chair of the Santa Clara Basin Watershed Management Initiative in 2001-2003, he developed Silicon Valley California region’s watershed management plan and historic pollution prevention plans for copper, nickel and mercury contamination of the San Francisco Estuary. The Initiative established the Emerging Contaminants Work Group, now affiliated with the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

References
Michael Stanley-Jones
Nationality
American
Residence
Nairobi, Kenya
Occupation
Programme Management Officer
Education
San Jose State University, Claremont Graduate University
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