A view of the General Assembly Hall at Headquarters. A view of the General Assembly Hall at Headquarters.

Key Advisory Committees

The overarching purpose of the Key Advisory Committees is to ensure that the Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit delivers major outcomes on enhanced climate ambition.

The Steering Committee is composed of twenty-five distinguished individuals, chaired by the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the 2019 Climate Action Summit. The Steering Committee functions as an advisory board to the Summit, providing strategic leadership on each of the nine action streams. It will serve as a platform to guide and support outcomes of the Summit.

Ms. Amina Mohammed

Ms. Amina Mohammed

Convener of the Steering Committee

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Mr. Luis Alfonso de Alba

Mr. Luis Alfonso de Alba

Chair of the Steering Committee

Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the 2019 Climate Action Summit

Ms. Anne-Sophie Cerisola

Ms. Anne-Sophie Cerisola

Responsible for the Secretariat of the Steering Committee

Deputy to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the 2019 Climate Action Summit

Ms. Elizabeth Cousens

Ms. Elizabeth Cousens

Mitigation Strategy

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, UN Foundation

Ms. Patricia Espinosa

Ms. Patricia Espinosa

Mitigation Strategy

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Ms. Christiana Figueres

Ms. Christiana Figueres

Youth & Mobilization

Convener of Mission 2020

Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Youth & Mobilization

Youth & Mobilization, focusing on indigenous peoples

Ms. Lise Kingo

Ms. Lise Kingo

Social & Political Drivers

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of United Nations Global Compact

Mr. Petteri Taalas

Mr. Petteri Taalas

Social & Political Drivers

Secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization

Ms. Rachel Kyte

Ms. Rachel Kyte

Energy Transition

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Mr. Liu Zhenmin

Mr. Liu Zhenmin

Social & Political Drivers

Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of DESA

Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Infrastructure, Cities & Local Action

Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Ms. Joyce Msuya

Ms. Joyce Msuya

Nature-Based Solutions

Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

Mr. David Nabarro

Mr. David Nabarro

Nature-Based Solutions

Strategic Director of 4SD (Skills, Systems and Synergies for Sustainable Development) | Supporting the workstream of Nature-Based Solutions

Mr. Robert Orr

Mr. Robert Orr

Mitigation Strategy and Climate Finance, focusing on private finance

Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Change

Ms. Cristiana Pașca Palmer

Ms. Cristiana Pașca Palmer

Nature-Based Solutions

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Paul Polman

Mr. Paul Polman

Mitigation Strategy

Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Member of Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum, Member of Board of United Nations Global Compact

Ms. Debra Roberts

Ms. Debra Roberts

Infrastructure, Cities & Local Action

Head of the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa, and Co-Chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Mr. Guy Ryder

Mr. Guy Ryder

Social & Political Drivers

Director-General of the International Labour Organization

Mr. Dan Smith

Mr. Dan Smith

Social & Political Drivers

Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Mr. Achim Steiner

Mr. Achim Steiner

Resilience & Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy

Under-Secretary-General and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

Mr. Nicholas Stern

Mr. Nicholas Stern

Climate Finance & Carbon Pricing

Professor of Economics and Government of the London School of Economics

Ms. Antha Williams

Ms. Antha Williams

Climate Finance & Carbon Pricing, focusing on private finance

Head of Environmental Programs, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Mr. Peter Thomson

Mr. Peter Thomson

Nature-Based Solutions, focusing on the ocean

Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Ocean

Ms. Laura Tuck

Ms. Laura Tuck

Climate Finance & Carbon Pricing

Vice President for Sustainable Development of the World Bank

Mr. Dominic Waughray

Mr. Dominic Waughray

Industry Transition

Managing Director of the Centre for Global Public Goods of the World Economic Forum and Member of Managing Board of the World Economic Forum

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake

Mobilization & Youth

Envoy on Youth

The Climate Science Advisory Group comprises of a group of international climate scientists that are highly recognized and respected in their field. They have significant accomplishments and expertise in different areas of climate science including on mitigation and adaptation.

The Group will provide scientific advice to the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, Special Envoy and Deputy to the Special Envoy to guide the preparations for the 2019 Climate Action Summit. This includes advice on scientific studies and findings to raise awareness of key scientific facts with leaders, policy makers and other stakeholders. They will also provide guidance to the coalitions leading the nine workstreams of the Climate Action Summit.

Mr. Petteri Taalas

Mr. Petteri Taalas

Co-Chair of the Climate Science Advisory Group

Secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization

Ms. Leena Srivastava

Ms. Leena Srivastava

Co-Chair of the Climate Science Advisory Group

Vice Chancellor of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) School of Advanced Studies

Mr. Navroz Dubash

Mr. Navroz Dubash

Professor at the Centre for Policy Research

Ms. Heide Hackmann

Ms. Heide Hackmann

Chief Executive Officer of the International Science Council

Ms. Brigitte Knopf

Ms. Brigitte Knopf

Secretary General of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

Ms. Thelma Krug

Ms. Thelma Krug

Director of the Department on Policies to Combat Deforestation of the Ministry of the Environment of Brazil

Ms. Margaret Leinen

Ms. Margaret Leinen

Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences and Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences at the University of California in San Diego

Mr. Jian Liu

Mr. Jian Liu

Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme

Mr. Yacob Mulugetta

Mr. Yacob Mulugetta

Professor of Energy and Development Policy at the University College London

Mr. Joeri Rogelj

Mr. Joeri Rogelj

Lecturer in Climate Change and the Environment at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, and Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Ms. Lisa Schipper

Ms. Lisa Schipper

Environmental Social Science Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford

The Ambition Advisory Group is composed of distinguished individuals with vast experience in climate change policy, implementation and negotiations, and will have the challenge of guiding the structure of the 2019 Climate Action Summit. The Group will provide support to the Secretary-General in engagements towards delivering truly transformational, impactful, yet actionable outcomes for the Summit. The Ambition Advisory Group will help the Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit and his team to define the parameters of ambition and make decisions on what outcomes from the nine workstreams are “summitable” and could be presented at the Summit.

The other important task of this Group, which is intended to outlive the Summit itself, is to support the Secretary-General and his team to maintain the momentum beyond the Summit towards the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth Conferences of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25 and COP26) in 2019 and 2020. The Group will help to ensure that the Paris Agreement mechanism is maintained, and its use maximized to deliver its objectives.

Ms. Laurence Tubiana

Ms. Laurence Tubiana

Co-Chair of the Ambition Advisory Group

Chief Executive Officer of the European Climate Foundation

Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Co-Chair of the Ambition Advisory Group

Leader of the Global Climate & Energy Practice at the World Wildlife Fund

Mr. Peter Betts

Mr. Peter Betts

Senior Fellow at the European Climate Foundation

Mr. Selwin Hart

Mr. Selwin Hart

Executive Director of the Caribbean Constituency at Inter-American Development Bank

Mr. Ajay Mathhur

Mr. Ajay Mathhur

Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute

Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Youth & Mobilization, focusing on indigenous peoples

Mr. Alf Wills

Mr. Alf Wills

Managing Director of Summit Outcomes