Parallel Session: Achieving the SDGs: Governing Geoengineering in a post-Paris world

11:00 - 12:30

Governance of climate geoengineering is a very challenging endeavour on many levels and may become a necessity given the level of demonstrated ambition to act. Come to listen and contribute actively in a World Café  setting to what UN officials, policymakers, researchers and civil society organisations have to say about why geoengineering governance must be discussed in the context of urgent, accelerated mitigation efforts and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Please note that Dr. David Cooper will only speak via a pre-recorded video.

Convened by: 

Janos Pasztor

Organisation: 
Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)
Country: 
Hungary

Janos Pasztor (Born in Budapest, 4.4.1955) is currently Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He has over 35 years of work experience in the areas of energy, environment, climate change and sustainable development.  Before taking up his current assignment he was UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change in New York under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

Earlier, he was Acting Executive Director for Conservation (2014) and Policy and Science Director (2012-2014) at WWF International.  He directed the UNSG’s Climate Change Support Team (2008-2010) and later was Executive Secretary of the UNSG’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (2010-2012).  In 2007 he directed the Geneva-based UN Environment Management Group (EMG).  During 1993-2006 he worked, and over time held many responsibilities at the Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), initially in Geneva and later in Bonn.

His other assignments included: in the Secretariat of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit ’92); Stockholm Environment Institute; United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Secretariat of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission); the Beijer Institute; and the World Council of Churches.

He has BSc and MSc degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Kai-Uwe Schmidt

Organisation: 
Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)
Country: 
USA

Nicholas Harrison

Organisation: 
Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)
Country: 
UK

Nicholas Harrison (UK) is senior program manager for the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2).
He brings 20 years' experience working across Europe and internationally on sustainable development and climate change governance and implementation.

Prior to joining the C2G2, Harrison served as an adviser on climate action in the Executive Office of the United Nations secretary-general, supporting delivery and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Before this, as a senior consultant at Ecofys, he coordinated global teams of experts delivering high-profile international research assessments and analysis on climate change, sustainable energy, and low emissions development.
In previous roles, Harrison served as an adviser on climate change and strategic intelligence for the UK Department of International Development, Department of Communities and Local Government, and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He began his career in environmental engineering, moving into communications to promote renewable energy technologies, followed by various roles in city, regional, and national government, improving the use of data and evidence to deliver more sustainable development.

Harrison has written and presented widely on climate change and sustainable development, served on the Sustainable Communities committee of the British Standards Institution (BSI) and worked extensively to promote integrated multi-level governance and the role of cities, states, and other non-state actors in climate action.
He holds an MSc in organisational psychology from City University, London, is a fellow of LEAD International and the Norfolk Charitable Trust, and is an independent expert for the Climate KIC, Europe's largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Speakers: 

Wenjiang Zhang

Organisation: 
World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
Country: 
China

Michelle Gyles-McDonnough

Organisation: 
Executive Office of the Secretary General, United Nations (UN EOSG)
Country: 
USA/Jamaica

Youba Sokona

Organisation: 
The South Centre
Country: 
Switzerland

David Cooper

Organisation: 
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)
Country: 
Canada