Janos Pasztor (diplomat)

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Janos Pasztor
Born1955 (age 63–64)
NationalityHungarian, Swiss
OccupationSenior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs & Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative

Janos Pasztor (born 1955) is a Hungarian diplomat. His current role is Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative.[1] He was Assistant Secretary-General in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York City and Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Change between January 2015 and December 2016.[2][3] Previously he has held positions at the World Wide Fund for Nature International where he was Policy and Science Director and acting Director for Conservation[4].

Career in the UN[edit]

Pasztor has extensive experience of working in the United Nations with previous roles including (2010-2012) Executive Secretary of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP);[5] (2008-2010) Director of UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team; (2007) Director, UN Environment Management Group (EMG),[6] United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); (1993-2006) Various positions at the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), initially in Geneva, and later in Bonn. The last position was Coordinator, Project-based Mechanisms Programme; (1990-1992) Senior Programme Officer, Atmosphere and Energy, Secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or the “Earth Summit ‘92”); and (1986-1989) Energy Programme Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Career outside of the UN[edit]

From 2012-2015 he was Policy and Science Director, and from May 2015 Acting Executive Director for Conservation at WWF International; (1989-1990) he was a Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute; (1985-1986) Senior Programme Officer, Energy at the World Commission on Environment and Development (the “Brundtland Commission”);[7] (1984) Research Associate, The Beijer Institute;[8] (1979 – 1983) Director, Energy for my Neighbour Programme, World Council of Churches (WCC).

Education and personal life[edit]

A national of Hungary (and later also of Switzerland), he holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is married and has two children.[9]


  1. ^ "Janos Pasztor Appointed Senior Fellow and Director of New Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Project «". carnegiecouncil.org. 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  2. ^ "Secretary-General Appoints Janos Pasztor of Hungary as Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases". Un.org. 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  3. ^ "Secretary-General Appoints Janos Pasztor of Hungary Senior Adviser to Secretary-General on Climate Change «". Foreignaffairs.co.nz. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  4. ^ "Ban Ki-moon appoints WWF's Janos Pasztor climate advisor". Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  5. ^ "The United Nations Website - Home (GSP)". Un.org. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  6. ^ "Home". Unemg.org. 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  7. ^ "Video of Brussels Presentation of final report from the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability". Unric.org. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  8. ^ "The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics". Beijer.kva.se. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  9. ^ "Janos Pasztor". Forest Stewardship Council. Retrieved 2015-01-19.