Ulf Björnholm Ottosson, Head of Office, Brussels Liaison Office to the EU Institutions, Regional Office for Europe, United Nations Environment Programme. Ulf Björnholm will moderate breakout session D) The climate crisis.
Ulf Björnholm, a national of Sweden, is an expert in European and international environmental policy.
Prior to joining UNEP, he served in the European Commission where he had a leading role in developing a proposal for a new EU Clean Air Policy, presented in 2013. Linked to this, he participated actively in international UN negotiations relating to air pollution, including the UNEP-hosted Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
Mr. Björnholm has also held several positions for the Swedish Government, both in Stockholm and abroad. In his role as a political advisor and negotiator on international environmental affairs for Sweden, he chaired and represented the EU at several UN/EU environmental negotiations during two EU Presidencies – in New York (2001) and in Brussels (2009). Before joining the Swedish Government, he was a Campaign Manager for a youth network under the Swedish UN Association to promote the implementation of Agenda 21 in Sweden.
Ulf Björnholm has a Master of Science from the University of Lund. In addition to being fluent in Swedish, Norwegian and English, he also speaks French and Portuguese. He has taken up his new duties with UNEP on 22 April 2014.