Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change
Monday, February 29, 2016
While considering the overall context in which the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change took place in Paris, Janos Pasztor, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary-General, will look at the main outcomes and their implications on the overarching goal of keeping average global warming well below 2 degrees C, while moving toward increased resilience to climate change. Pasztor, who at the time of the Paris Conference was directly assisting the UN Secretary-General in all his climate-change-related activities, will also address the role of the UN Secretary-General in the preparations and the final negotiations.
Janos Pasztor is currently Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change. A national of Hungary (and later also of Switzerland), he received his MS and BS degrees at MIT. For the last 35 years, he has worked for various UN as well as non-governmental organizations on issues of energy and environment, and over time increasingly on climate change. His assignments included work with the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Commission on Environment and Development (the WCED or “Brundtland Commission”), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the secretariat of the 1992 United Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or the “Earth Summit”), the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Environment Management Group (EMG). He first joined the office of the UN Secretary-General (EOSG) in 2008 as Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team. From 2012-2014 he worked at WWF International, and in January 2015 he returned to EOSG as Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change - a position he filled until January 2016.