UN Climate Talks: World Future Councillor Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf to co-chair critical negotiations

Lima/London, 15 December 2015 – Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Ambassador and Advisor to the cabinet in the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Daniel A Reifsnyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment in the US Department of State have been appointed to lead the crucial round of climate negotiations preparing for the 2015 Paris meeting.


Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Honorary Councillor of the WFC


“The Paris Climate Change agreement to be adopted next year will need to be ambitious and universal to meet the multifaceted challenges of climate change.  In my capacity as Honorary Councillor of the WFC I feel privileged to co-chair the negotiating committee of the Paris climate agreement, as it will go a long way in contributing to hand over a liveable planet to generations to come”, says Dr Djoghlaf.

Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council, has pursued a distinguished diplomatic career that includes postings with the government of Algeria and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Dr Djoghlaf was instrumental in leading the United Nations biodiversity summit in Nagoya, Japan to success in 2010 and ensured the adoption of the historic Nagoya Biodiversity Compact by 193 countries. He was appointed Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council in 2011.

Jakob von Uexküll, WFC Founder, adds: “Climate change is the biggest challenge humanity is facing. With our Honorary Councillor Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, the UN climate talks have won a renowned and successful negotiator and facilitator in the field of sustainable development. Governments need to urgently live up to their responsibilities to ensure that our children will inherit a healthy earth”.

Councillors of the World Future Council include:

  • Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
  • Wanjira Maathai Chair, Green Belt Movement, Kenya
  • Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International
  • Pavan Sukhdev, Goodwill Ambassador to UNEP, India
  • Pauline Tangiora, Maori elder, Rongomaiwahine Tribe

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