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Singapore names Ravi Menon as First Ambassador for Climate Action


Ravi Menon, a prominent figure of Indian origin in Singapore, renowned for his tenure as the former chief of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, has been appointed as the island nation’s inaugural Ambassador for Climate Action, effective April 1, 2024.

In his new role, Menon will represent Singapore in international climate action forums and spearhead initiatives aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of climate change.

The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) highlighted that Menon will also lead efforts to cultivate public-private partnerships, particularly with the business community, to enable them to thrive in a low-carbon future.

Furthermore, in addition to his duties as Singapore’s Ambassador for Climate Action, Menon will serve as a senior advisor at the NCCS, operating under the umbrella of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Singapore, like many nations globally, is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050, a goal defined by the World Economic Forum as balancing CO2 emissions with removal from the atmosphere.

To achieve this ambitious target, Singapore aims to bolster sustainable practices, transition to renewable energy sources, and reduce emissions stemming from population growth and industrial activities.

The NCCS affirmed Singapore’s intention to actively engage in international collaborations to galvanize global climate action, leveraging the nation’s status as a global hub.

Menon’s appointment as climate ambassador is fitting, given his pivotal role in fostering Singapore’s green finance ecosystem during his tenure at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Over his 13-year tenure until January 1, 2024, Menon championed MAS efforts to bolster green projects across Asia.

The NCCS acknowledged Menon’s extensive international network in climate finance, emphasizing his significant contributions to advancing Singapore’s initiatives in this crucial domain.

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