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MIT Climate CoLab Welcomes Janos Pasztor, Senior Advisor to UN Secretary-General on Climate Change


The Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence and Climate CoLab are pleased to welcome Janos Pasztor, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change, to MIT’s campus this week (February 29 – March 4), in collaboration with several MIT Centers.*

Janos Pasztor


Mr. Pasztor, an MIT alum and former Advisor to the MIT Climate CoLab’s 2015 Global Climate Action Contest, is a long-time expert in climate change and environmental issues. He will be featured in a series of events on campus, speaking on the major outcomes of the UN climate talks in Paris in December 2015, on climate finance, and next steps in multi-lateral climate policy.

Featured events and bio follow:


Event Series:

February 29, 4:45 pm
A Decisive Step Forward – assessment of the Paris climate change agreement and implications
MIT Energy Initiative

March 1, 2 – 3:30 pm
Why did the Paris climate change negotiations succeed?
Center for International Studies

March 2, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
The “Action Agenda”
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

March 3, 12 – 1 pm
Climate Finance
Center for Finance and Policy

March 4, 12:15 – 1:45 pm
The UNFCCC process in the 21st Century
Center for Collective Intelligence

Janos Pasztor: Bio

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. During 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 UN 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. During 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 31 January 2016.

* Hosted in collaboration with the MIT Energy Initiative, MIT Center for International Studies, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and MIT Center for Finance and Policy.