Janos Pasztor

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow & Executive Director, Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G)

Janos Pasztor (a Hungarian and a Swiss citizen) is Carnegie Council senior fellow and executive director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G).

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).

Featured Work

JUN 13, 2022 Podcast

C2GTalk: How is the UNESCWA supporting Arab states in the green transition? with Rola Dashti

Countries in the Arab region are seeking substitutes to oil so they can diversify their economies and mitigate the impact of fossil fuels production. Rola ...

FEB 7, 2022 Podcast

C2GDiscuss: From Net Zero to Net Negative: Policy Implications for Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)

According to the IPCC, large-scale carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is required in all of its pathways to limit global warming to 1.5°C. In this "C2...

JAN 31, 2022 Podcast

C2GDiscuss: Ocean-Based Climate Altering Approaches in Context: the Ocean-Climate Nexus

The oceans and climate change are inextricably connected. On the one hand, the oceans are faced with significant threats posed by climate change through acidification, ...

JAN 24, 2022 Podcast

C2GDiscuss: Exploring the role of trees in large-scale carbon dioxide removal

According to the IPCC, large-scale carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is required in all pathways to keep global warming under 1.5° C. A range of approaches to ...

JAN 18, 2022 Podcast

C2GDiscuss: An Introduction to the Series, with C2G Executive Director Janos Pasztor

"C2GDiscuss" is a series of moderated in-depth conversations between diverse experts on some of the governance challenges of climate-altering approaches. In this podcast, Mark ...

DEC 20, 2021 Podcast

C2GTalk: How the UN Economic Commission for Africa is using its climate goals to fuel prosperity and sustainable development for the continent, with Vera Songwe

Equity, justice, and transparency are needed to enable meaningful conversations around the the debate on solar radiation modification, because Africa has to be very careful ...

DEC 13, 2021 Podcast

C2GTalk: How can the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean help create governance for climate-altering approaches? with Alicia Bárcena

A global and regional discussion is needed to learn about and create governance for climate-altering approaches like solar radiation modification, says Alicia Bárcena, executive ...

DEC 9, 2021 Podcast

Ethics, Governance, and Emerging Technologies: A Conversation with the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G) and Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI)

Emerging technologies with global impact are creating new ungoverned spaces at a rapid pace. In this critical moment, frameworks and approaches to govern these technologies, ...

NOV 8, 2021 Podcast

C2GTalk: How is the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) working with countries to attain Carbon Neutrality in the ECE region? with Olga Algayerova

Many countries in the ECE region are embracing carbon neutrality recognized as the first milestone towards sustainable energy, with leaders like Canada, Denmark, France, and ...

SEP 27, 2021 Podcast

C2GTalk: An Introduction to the Series, with C2G Executive Director Janos Pasztor

Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative's "C2GTalk" is a series of one-on-one interviews with influential practitioners and thought leaders, exploring the governance challenges raised by emerging ...