Senior Advisor to UN Secretary-General on Climate Change, United Nations
BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background :
In 2015-2016 was Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change in the United Nations, supporting the UN Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon in his contribution to the success of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015.
During 2012-2014 acted as Executive Director for Conservation at WWF International. 2010 to 2012 was Executive Secretary of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.
In the period 1979 – 2007 I worked for various UN and NGO organizations, including WCC, UNEP, UNFCCC, SEI and the UN Secretariat.
ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ?
The Paris Agreement was a decisive step forward in combating climate change. I was honored to be able to contribute to its success.
LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ?
Based in Switzerland, but active worldwide.
IMPACT / What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?
The Paris Agreement has sent a strong signal to the markets and to the private sector about the low-carbon direction the world has decided to take.
QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you :
Paris was difficult, but it was the easy part. Now comes the hard part, the implementation of the agreement: serious reduction of emissions, adaptation to changes in the climate and building climate-resilient economies.