Where we are and where we are Going in Climate Policy

Wednesday, 29. September 2004 | 16:50 Uhr


Dr. Beat Nobs


Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and Landscapes (BUWAL)

Abstract Key Note

The adoption of the Climate Convention in 1992 has induced a tremendous dynamic to control greenhouse gas emissions. Although the Kyoto Protocol is not yet into force, industrialised countries have started implementing numerous mitigation measures aimed at de-coupling economic activity from emissions. Nevertheless, the effects of climate change will accompany us in the next century and adaptation and mitigation strategies have to be defined. New climate policies will have to be based on realistic assessments of the present situation and effective strategies for greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

Dr. Beat Nobs

Since 1997: Ambassador, Head of International Affairs Division, Swiss Agency for
the Environment, Forests and Landscape (SAEFL), Bern/Switzerland
Head of Swiss delegations at international negotiations in the field of Environment

1993 – 1997: Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland Nairobi/Kenya
Deputy Permanent Rep of Switzerland to UNEP
1990 – 1993: Desk Officer for South Eastern Europe and Mediterranean,
Federal Dep. of Foreign Affairs, Bern/Switzerland
1988 – 1989: 3rd Secretary at the Embassy of Switzerland, San José / Costa Rica
1988: Diplomatic Officer at Multilateral Section,
SDC, Federal Dep. of Foreign Affairs, Bern/Switzerland
1979 – 1980 and
1982 – 1988: Professor for History and English at College Level
1974 – 1975: Employee of Forwarding Dept.of Asea Brown Boveri, Baden/Switzerland

Education and Training:
1988 – 1990: Training as a professional diplomat, Swiss Dep. Foreign Affairs
1978 – 1988: Studies in History, English and Media Science:
University of Zurich/Switzerland /
University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C., Canada

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