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Luis Gomez-Echeverri is a Senior Research Scholar with the Transition to New Technologies program (TNT). He joined IIASA in 2007, as the Associate Director of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA). Upon the completion of the GEA in 2012, Mr. Gomez-Echeverri became a Senior Advisor to the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. In that capacity, he spearheaded and led the startup of the SE4ALL programs in over 50 developing countries and later led the global work of SE4All in the area of energy efficiency.
Before coming to IIASA, he served as a senior advisor attached to the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Vienna for Sustainable Energy. Mr. Gomez-Echeverri had a long career with the UNDP and UNFCCC. At UNDP, he occupied a number of senior level positions including that of Chief of Staff of UNDP, Deputy Director of the Policy Bureau supervising a large global staff, and UN Resident Coordinator in several countries. He was also responsible for starting and leading the initial years of the Energy and Environment work of UNDP throughout the world. At UNFCC, he led the work in the Secretariat on issues of Implementation of the Convention and the Financial Mechanism. He was also the Coordinator of the SBI and as such, deeply involved in the political negotiations of the climate convention. He was educated at Yale and Georgetown Universities, both in the USA, from which he holds graduate degrees in the areas of environmental science and international economic affairs respectively.
He was a Lead Author of the IPCC WGIII Fifth Assessment Report Chapter on Finance - and member of the small core team responsible for producing the Synthesis Report of the AR5. His research interests are in the areas concerned with governance of energy, climate change, and foreign aid in the area of energy. His main interest at IIASA is to tap into and apply the results of the vast IIASA research areas to policy and decision-making in energy and climate change. His main area of work is on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Currently, Mr. Gomez Echeverri is with The World in 2050, an initiative hosted at IIASA but involving over 20 institutions all over the world. As a Senior Advisor to the initiative, Mr. Gomez-Echeverri is responsible for supporting and coordinating the buildup of the program and the research community in the years to come.
Last update: 13-NOV-2017
McCollum D, Gomez Echeverri L, Busch S, Pachauri S, Parkinson S, Rogelj J, Krey V, Riahi K, et al. (2017). Connecting the Sustainable Development Goals by their energy inter-linkages. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-17-006
McCollum D, Gomez Echeverri L, Riahi K, & Parkinson S (2017). SDG7: Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy for All. In: A guide to SDG interactions: from science to implementation. Eds. Griggs, D.J., Nilsson, M., Stevance, A. & McCollum, D., pp. 127-173 International Council for Science, Paris. DOI:10.24948/2017.01.
Uerge-Vorsatz D, Gomez-Echeverri L, St Clair AL, Jones F, & Graham P (2015). Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. In: Review of the Sustainable Goals: The Science Perspective. ICSU & ISSC. ISBN 978-0-930357-97-9
Allwood JM, Bosetti V, Dubash NK, Gomez Echeverri L, & von Stechow C (2014). Annex 1 - Glossary. In: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5. Cambridge University Press.
Edenhofer O, Pichs-Madruga R, Sokona Y, Kadner S, Minx JC, Brunner S, Agrawala S, Baiocchi G, et al. (2014). Technical summary. In: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5. Cambridge University Press.
Gupta S, Harnisch J, Barua DC, Chingambo L, Frankel P, Jorge R, Vázquez G, Gomez Echeverri L, et al. (2014). Chapter 16 - Cross-cutting investment and finance issues. In: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5. Eds. In, , Cambridge University Press.
Pachauri RK, Gomez-Echeverri L, & Riahi K (2014). Synthesis report: summary for policy makers. In: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5. Cambridge University Press.
Edenhofer O, Pichs-Madruga R, Sokona Y, Agrawala S, Bashmakov IA, Blanco G, Broome J, Bruckner T, et al. (2014). Summary for policymakers. In: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5. Cambridge University Press.
Gomez-Echeverri L (2013). The changing geopolitics of climate change finance. Climate Policy 13 (5): 632-648. DOI:10.1080/14693062.2013.822690.
Gomez-Echeverri L (2013). Chapter 5 - Urbanisation: Toward a future balanced development and an ecological civilization. In: China National Human Development Report 2013: Sustainable and Liveable Cities: Toward Ecological Civilization. Eds. Jiahua, P, Beijing: China Translation and Publishing Corporation.
Gomez-Echeverri L (2013). Introduction. In: China National Human Development Report 2013: Sustainable and Liveable Cities: Toward Ecological Civilization. Eds. Jiahua, P, Beijing: China Translation and Publishing Corporation.
Gomez-Echeverri L (2010). China Human Development Report 2009/10: China and a Sustainable Future - Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Society. Beijing, China: China Translation and Publishing Corporation. ISBN 978-7-5001-2498-6
Gomez Echeverri L (2009). Developing countries and a proposal for architecture and governance of a reformed unfccc financial mechanism. In: Climate Finance: Cultures, Histories, and Representations. Eds. Kan, S.A., pp. 165-171 University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-081474138-2
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