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After over 30 years in a variety of senior positions with the United Nations, Mr. Luis Gomez-Echeverri has been at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis IIASA in Austria for 10 years, having joined as the Associate Director and Co Editor of the Global Energy Assessment, the most comprehensive energy assessment to date involving some 500 analysts from around the world and published by Cambridge University Press in the fall of 2012. At IIASA, he has been involved in a variety of projects and initiatives including work in China on two reports, one on China’s ‘livable cities’ with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and one other on ‘toward a low carbon economy’ with Renmin University, in both of which Mr. Gomez-Echeverri was lead author with special responsibilities in the editing team. He is currently a Senior Research Scholar at IIASA acting as a Senior Advisor to and working together with the leadership team to The World in 2050, one of the major initiatives hosted at IIASA and involving some 20 institutions dedicated to address knowledge gaps related to the inter-linkages among SDGs and to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Development Agenda 2030. Until December of 2015, he was, for approximately four years, a Senior Advisor to Sustainable Energy for All, an initiative of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, launched at Rio + 20. Initially working with the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Gomez-Echeverri was responsible for overseeing the start-up of SE4ALL throughout the developing world in over 50 countries - in the run up to Rio + 20. During the last two years with SE4ALL, he was responsible for developing the initiative’s work in energy efficiency globally. As part of IIASA and the SE4All team in Vienna and New York, was one of the members of team who helped shape and finally negotiate SDG7 - Clean and Affordable Energy to it successful completion and adoption.
In his last fifteen years with the United Nations, Mr. Gomez-Echeverri occupied a number of senior positions including that of Resident Coordinator and Chief of Staff for UNDP, the largest development agency within the UN System. He was responsible for setting up the first Environment and Energy Department at the UNDP in the early 90s and became its first director. The department he created now oversees one of the largest energy and environment portfolios in the UN System. His last position with UNDP was as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP), the Bureau responsible for research, development policy and policy advice to developing countries, with over 100 policy advisors around the world. He was with the Secretariat of the UNFCCC for several years, where he was the Coordinator of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation of the Convention (SBI), the body responsible for supporting the climate change political negotiations, as well as Director of Implementation Programs for the Convention and Director of programs related to finance of the Convention. In 2002, and working with the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Anan, Mr. Gomez-Echeverri was the Team Leader of a group of some 200 authors who were responsible for preparing the Frameworks for Action in the areas of water, energy, health, agriculture, and biodiversity (WEHAB) for the Earth Summit 2002 in Johannesburg - the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). The team was composed of authors from the World Bank, over 20 UN agencies, and many other institutions. The Frameworks for Action served as the basis for two days of preparatory discussions prior to the Summit negotiations that followed and as the basis for much of the discussion and negotiations which followed.
Mr. Gomez-Echeverri was educated at Yale and Georgetown Universities, US, in the areas of environmental science and management and international economic affairs respectively. He was a Lead Author of the IPCC WGIII Fifth Assessment Report Chapter on Finance (Chapter 16) and contributing author in other policy chapters of AR5. He was a member of the small Core Team responsible for producing the Synthesis Report of the AR5 as well as the Summary for Policy Makers and Technical Summary. His research interests are in the areas concerned with climate and development linkages, implementation of the Paris Agreement and Development Agenda 2030, and governance of energy, climate change, finance, and development cooperation.
Last update: 19-FEB-2018
Gomez Echeverri L (2018). A Review of the Nature of Foreign Aid to the Energy Sector over the Last Two Decades. In: Aid Effectiveness for Environmental Sustainability. Eds. Huang, Y. & Pascual, U., pp. 125-184 Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-981-10-5379-5 DOI:10.1007/978-981-10-5379-5_5.
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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