The Secretary-General’s High-level panel on Global Sustainability has a Secretariat based in New York to provide support for the Panel’s activities. Mr Janos Pasztor is the Executive Secretary of the Panel.
A national of Hungary (and later also of Switzerland), Janos Pasztor received his MS and BS degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has worked for various United Nations as well as non-governmental organizations on issues of energy, environment, and most recently, climate change for some 25 years. His assignments included work with the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Commission on Environment and Development (the “Brundtland Commission”), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or the “Earth Summit ‘92”). During the period 1993-2006 he worked at the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in various positions. Before joining the office of the UN Secretary-General in New York in 2008, he was director of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) in Geneva. From 2008-mid 2010, Mr Pasztor directed the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team.