Han Qunli took the position of Executive Director of International Programme Office of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) co-sponsored by ISC and UNDRR in September 2017. Over last six years, he has been working with IRDR scientific community to complete IRDR’s first phase (2010-2020), and contributing to the formulation of “A Framework of Global Science in Support of Risk-informed Sustainable Development and Planetary Health” toward 2030 and beyond. On this basis, Qunli led work to establishment of IRDR’s new decennium phase, commenced in May 2023. Han Qunli is Distinguished Professor at the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS), and has been chairing a CBAS team on assessing and reporting the SDGs progress.
During 1989-2017, Qunli served for UNESCO and its Natural Science Sector, including positions of Senior Programme Specialist on Environmental Sciences in Asia-Pacific Region, Director of Tehran Cluster Office and Director of the Executive Office of Natural Science Sector. He actively participated in UN-led post-disaster actions toward 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, 2005 Central Java Earthquake and 2010 Pakistan floods. During 2013-2017, Qunli was the Director of Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences and Secretary of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and led development of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.