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Introducing the UNFCCC's Senior Management
Deputy Executive Secretary
Richard Kinley,
Deputy Executive Secretary

The Deputy Executive Secretary advises the Executive Secretary on a range of issues related to the development and strengthening of the organization as an institution. The office of the Deputy Executive Secretary ensures overall coherence of activities regarding secretarial support to the intergovernmental process - including preparatory work for all negotiating sessions, inter-sessional consultations and workshops - and also provides strategic and procedural support to the COP/CMP President and Bureau. Within the secretariat, it oversees the work of the Administrative Services, Information Technology Services and Conference Affairs Services programmes.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1542,

Director for Strategy
The Director for Strategy coordinates contributions by the secretariat to efforts to accelerate the transformation towards low-emission economy and resilient world in pursuit of long-term goals of the Paris Agreement as well as preparations for the Global Stocktake under the Agreement. In this role, the Director for Strategy engages with UN partners and other organizations to promote true integration of the strategic approach to implementing the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1853,

Halldór Thorgeirsson
Halldór Thorgeirsson,
Director for 

Sustainable Development Mechanisms

James Grabert
James Grabert, 
Coordinator, Sustainable Development Mechanisms

The Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme supports the three Kyoto Protocol market-based mechanisms – the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Joint Implementation (JI) and International Emissions Trading (IET) – as well as the elaboration of new mechanisms and approaches under the Convention, namely the Framework for Various Approaches (FVA), Non-Market-Based Approaches (NMA) and the New Market-Based Mechanism (NMM). Its responsibilities include supporting the work of the CDM Executive Board and Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) on technical, policy and governance matters, and supporting Parties in their deliberations in the context of the international climate change negotiations.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1615,

Chief of Staff
The Chief of Staff supports the Executive Secretary in ensuring the overall effectiveness, coherence and representation of the secretariat. The main focus areas of work are: coordinating the outreach to a broad range of stakeholders including the United Nations system and the Secretary General's office; maintaining strategic cooperation with other organizations; overseeing internal work processes to improve efficiency; and coordinating overall support to the Executive Secretary's missions and strategic communications.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1610,

Daniele Violetti,
Chief of Staff

Mitigation, Data & Analysis

Donald Cooper
Donald Cooper,
Coordinator, Mitigation, Data & Analysis

The Mitigation, Data & Analysis programme supports the intergovernmental process in relation to climate change mitigation. This includes mitigation commitments and actions; nationally determined contributions; nationally appropriate mitigation actions; land use issues, such as: reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, land use, land-use change and forestry; agriculture; and the impact of the implementation of response measures. It facilitates the measurement, reporting and verification of information and data submitted by all Parties including, Multilateral Assessment and the Facilitative Sharing of Views.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1417,

Finance, Technology & Capacity-building

The Finance, Technology and Capacity-building programme supports international cooperation on the mobilization of financial resources, technology development and transfer, and building of individual, institutional and systemic capacity to enable Parties to take enhanced action on climate change. In particular, it supports the work of the Standing Committee on Finance and the Technology Executive Committee and facilitates knowledge sharing on capacity-building needs and actions. The programme also facilitates the work on gender and climate change.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1102,

Dechen Tsering
Dechen Tsering,
Finance, Technology & Capacity-building

Youssef Nassef
Youssef Nassef,

The Adaptation programme supports the implementation of the UNFCCC across all components of the adaptation cycle: systematic observation; assessment of climate impacts and vulnerability; planning and  implementation; monitoring and evaluation of adaptation actions, as well the adequacy of the long term global goal and the consideration of various matters related to climate science and activities on loss and damage. In doing so, the programme supports the work of the three leading institutions on adaptation and loss and damage under the UNFCCC:  the Adaptation Committee, the Least Developed Countries Expert Group and the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. The programme also engages broad range of stakeholders on adaptation, both in the context of technical expert meetings on adaptation and the implementation of the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. Furthermore, it supports the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans, as well as the intergovernmental process on the adaptation aspects of the Paris Agreement, including its global stocktake, transparency framework, and nationally determined contributions.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1337,

Legal Affairs

Legal Affairs provides legal advice and support on matters relating to the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, the agreed outcomes under the Bali Road Map and the Doha Climate Gateway, as well as the further development of the Climate Change regime and the operations of the secretariat and the UNFCCC process.  Legal Affairs also provides substantive and logistical support to the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1403,

Dan Bondi
Dan Bondi Ogolla,
Legal Affairs

Communications and Outreach

Nick Nuttall
Nick Nuttall,
Coordinator, Communications and Outreach

The Communications and Outreach programme focuses on key communications services that support the work of the secretariat at its headquarters and at its conferences. It has a strong strategic role, with a focus on promoting efforts to increase the impact of actions on climate change. Messages are delivered though a range of communication channels, including the UNFCCC website, speeches, news media and social media outreach, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1253,

Conference Affairs Services

The Conference Affairs Services programme plans and organizes UNFCCC conferences and sessions, providing services and support to Parties and accredited observer organizations. Its functions include efficient and sustainable event management; registration, accreditation and protocol support to Parties and observers; the coordination of side events and exhibits; and the timely delivery of high-quality documentation.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1756,

Yafei Yang,
Officer-in-charge, Conference Affairs Services

Information and Communication Technology

Mike Elhaddad,
Coordinator, Information and Communication Technology

The Information and Communication Technology programme (ICT) is a central service provider for information and communication technology infrastructure and user support services, as well as for information systems development, maintenance and application support within the UNFCCC.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1123,

Administrative Services

Administrative Services carries out the overall administration of the secretariat; develops policies and guidance for the management of financial and human resources; manages procurement activities and secretariat-wide operating costs funded from the core budget; and monitors transactions undertaken by administrative teams in individual programmes.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1516,

Joan SaweJoan Sawe,
Administrative Services