Janos Pasztor

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

Janos Pasztor (a Hungarian and a Swiss citizen) is Senior Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and is Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G).​

He has four decades 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: the Secretariat of the 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

C2G Executive Director Janos Pasztor. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni.

FEB 13, 2020 Podcast

Who Controls the Global Thermostat? with C2G's Janos Pasztor

With record-breaking winter warmth in Europe, catastrophic fires in Australia, and deadly flooding in Indonesia, we are deep into a climate crisis. In this wide-ranging ...

Pine forest in Latvia. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Latvian_Forest_Tomes_pagasts,_Ķeguma_novads,_Latvia.jpg">M.Strīķis (CC)</a>

OCT 1, 2019 Podcast

C2G Update: Nature-based Solutions, the UN, & the IPCC Reports, with Janos Pasztor

Janos Pasztor, executive director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G), gives an update on his team's work after a busy week in New ...

NOV 1, 2018 Podcast

Global Ethics Weekly: Climate Change Mitigation & Governance, with C2G2's Janos Pasztor

As activists, politicians, and environmentalists come to terms with a dire report on global warming from the UN's IPCC, Janos Pasztor, executive director of the ...

L to R: Janos Pasztor, Robyn Eckersley, Darrel Moellendorf, Suma Peesapati, Ronald Jumeau

MAY 17, 2018 Podcast

Climate Change and the Power to Act: An Ethical Approach for Practical Progress

We are already living with climate change; and although countries have pledged to limit global warming to 2 °C, success seems highly unlikely. This panel explores ...

MAY 24, 2017 Transcript

A Briefing and Discussion on Solar Geoengineering: Science, Ethics, and Governance

In response to stakeholder requests, the Forum on Climate Engineering Assessment (FCEA) and the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) jointly convened this webinar ...

L to R: Janos Pasztor, Oliver Morton, Pablo Suarez, Jane Long, Doug MacMartin, Simon Nicholson, Jennifer Morgan (onscreen via Skype)

FEB 22, 2017 Podcast

Launch of Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative

C2G2 serves a vital purpose: connecting and mobilizing actors from many sectors of society to look at the very real possibilities of engineering the ...

Janos Pasztor and Stephanie Sy

DEC 12, 2016 Podcast

The Ethics and Governance of Geoengineering

The definition of geoengineering is "large-scale human intervention with the Earth in order to change the climate," says Janos Pasztor, and to manage the world's ...

DEC 8, 2016 Podcast

Global Ethics Forum Preview: The Ethics and Governance of Geoengineering with Janos Pasztor

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Janos Pasztor, director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Project, discusses new technology and our changing climate. In this ...

OCT 28, 2016 Article

Briefing Paper on Climate Engineering

Climate engineering is defined as large-scale, deliberate intervention in the Earth system to counteract climate change. Two major sets of techniques are usually included: those ...