With the objective of continued network evolution, and to capitalize on the successful growth and increasing connectivity of the LEDS GP Subnational Integration Working Group (SNI WG), the regional secretariats of the LEDS GP have recently selected three new co-chairs of the SNI WG (see their full bios below):
- Mr. Charles Akurugu, Kumbungu District Assembly, Ghana
- Mr. Kinlay Dorjee, Honorable Mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan
- Mr. Francisco Maciel, Executive Secretary, CIOESTE, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Going forward, the SNI WG will continue to focus on connecting members and accelerating the flow of and access to relevant information. This effort strives to help align and bring together colleagues who are interested and committed to the coordination and vertical integration of climate actions – though they may be separated by levels of government, geography, or social distance.
Mr. Charles Ayuune Akurugu
Asst. Director, Kumbungu District Assembly
Republic of Ghana
Africa LEDS Partnership
Charles Ayuune Akurugu is a highly esteemed local government official in the Republic of Ghana. Prior to his current position, he has worked in various capacities in other sub-national government posts with a particular interest in sustainable development.
Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (First Class Honours) and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has eight years of experience in government policy, environment, and local government administration. He has coordinated several environmentally-related projects, such as the Ghana Environmental Management Project, and other donor-funded projects at the sub-national level. Charles has been a member of the LEDS GP since 2013 and the focal point for the SNI WG on the Africal LEDS Partnership since 2014.
Mr. Kinlay Dorjee
Asia LEDS Partnership
He is the first elected Mayor of the capital city of Thimphu. He is determined to address the challenges related to land management and to provide basic services delivery and green initiatives to promote Bhutan as a ‘happy nation’.
Mayor Dorjee holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (1995) from the University of Roorkee in India. From 1999 to 2002, he served as a Project Manager for the development and construction of 132 kV transmission and substations in the eastern part of Bhutan. The Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC), where he also served as General Manager for the Customer Services Department, is now the public enterprise providing services related to power supplies across the nation. Mayor Dorjee was responsible for improving service delivery to provide safe and reliable power supply to almost 60% of the population.
Mr. Francisco Maciel
Chief Executive Officer, CIOESTE
São Paulo, Brasil
LEDS Latin America-Carribean
Francisco is the Chief Executive Officer of the Consorcio Intermunicipal da Regiao Metropolitana Oeste de São Paulo (CIOESTE) —the Intermunicipal Consortium of the Western Region of Metropolitan São Paulo. Their mission is to drive local development on a sustainable basis, as the eight municipalities of the consortium represent 2.5% of the entire Brazilian GDP. CIOESTE is working hands-on within the LEDS GP network and SNI WG to develop studies and implement projects and models, as well as to serve as a reference for other municipal urban associations and metropolitan areas.
CIOESTE identifies their principal challenge as establishing, once and for all, that LEDS and SNI are a key principle of development—achieving social, environmental, financial and cultural impacts, along with expanding possibilities and opportunities. Currently, they are now starting to assess the integration of LEDS planning (with studies developed under REAL assistance) into a geo-reference tool in collaboration with the São Paulo state government planning division.