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Introducing the UNFCCC's Senior Management
Deputy Executive Secretary
Mr. Ovais Sarmad
Ovais Sarmad,
Deputy Executive Secretary

The Deputy Executive Secretary supports the Executive Secretary in managing the UNFCCC secretariat and its staff, and advises her on a range of issues related to the development and strengthening of the organization as an institution, including strategic operations planning; programme budget planning, monitoring and evaluation; strategic oversight of resource mobilization efforts; staff well-being and long-term HR resource planning; oversight of institutional governance arrangements; and guidance to support to intergovernmental affairs in the context of overall secretariat operations.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1542,

Senior Director for Intergovernmental Affairs
The Senior Director for Intergovernmental Affairs provides strategic oversight of all aspects related to the planning of the intergovernmental process, ensuring seamless process management, the delivery of high quality secretariat support and the overall integrity of the process. He oversees the secretariat’s support to governing bodies under the UNFCCC, its Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, advises the Presidency and Bureau, and ensures high quality and coherence of secretariat support to constituted bodies.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1853,

Halldór Thorgeirsson
Halldór Thorgeirsson,
Senior Director for Intergovernmental Affairs

Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination

Martin Frick
Martin Frick,
Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination
The Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination ensures that the secretariat provides high quality technical input and advice to Parties on all aspects related to the negotiation process as well as efforts undertaken by governments to implement the mandates under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.
Contact details to be provided.


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,

Youssef Nassef
Youssef Nassef,

Finance, Technology & Capacity-building
Daniele Violetti,
Director, 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 and support 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 coordinates the secretariat’s outreach to the United Nations system and the Secretary General's office.
Contact: (+49 228) 815 1610,

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,

Donald Cooper
Donald Cooper,
Director, Mitigation, Data & Analysis

Sustainable Development Mechanisms

James Grabert
James Grabert,
Director, 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,

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.

Ms Hafida Lahiouel - Director, Legal Affairs Programme
Hafida Lahiouel,
Legal Affairs

Administrative Services

Joan Sawe
Joan Sawe,
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,

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 1009,

Laura Lopez - CAS
Laura Lopez, Director, Conference Affairs Services

Communications and Outreach

Nick Nuttall
Nick Nuttall,
Director, 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,

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,

Mike Elhaddad,
Director, Information and Communication Technology