Janos Pasztor, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change, Talks Paris at UMass Boston
On Thursday, March 3rd, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change Janos Pasztor spoke at the University of Massachusetts Boston about the climate change meeting in Paris and the way forward. Janos Pasztor was Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change from January 2015 to January 2016. There, he worked on achieving an agreement at COP21 in Paris.
In his talk, “Why the Paris Climate Negotiations were a Success: an Insider’s View,” Mr. Pasztor enumerated several factors that allowed the negotiations in Paris to succeed. He praised the leadership and engagement of France, the UN Secretary-General, and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figures. He provided an analysis of the failed negotiations in the conference of the parties in Copenhagen in 2009, and he noted that the lessons learned from that process were addressed during the Paris meeting. Regarding the Paris Agreement, he observed the importance of Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs) in providing momentum to the negotiations and the role of China in gathering support for a successful outcome.
Mr. Pasztor also examined the challenges the next UN Secretary General will face, such as the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well the broader work of reforming the UN and transforming it into a more collaborative, coherent system of organizations and mandates.