Special Advisor on Sustainable development to the UN Global Compact
Mr. Brice Lalonde is Special Advisor on Sustainable development to the UN Global Compact. As his most recent achievement, he founded and chaired the first Business and Climate Summit, prior to the COP21 in May 2015 Paris (6 million companies represented, a dialogue of more than 1600 policy-makers and business representatives each day). Prior to this, Mr. Lalonde had been UN Executive Coordinator for the Rio+20 conference during two years, from the preparation of the conference to the beginning of its implementation. Mr. Lalonde is a former French Ambassador for climate change international negotiations.
Prior to this, he served as French Minister for the Environment from 1988 to 1992, Chairman of the Round Table for Sustainable Development at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Senior Advisor for the Environment to the French Government. In addition, he held the position of Director of the Paris office of the Institute for a European Environment Policy. Mr. Lalonde graduated from the Sorbonne University with a degree in classics and law.
As French Minister for the Environment, he was very strongly involved in global issues and contributed to the Basel Convention; Madrid Treaty on Antarctica; Whale Sanctuary; Ban on Ivory Trade; management of the Rio Climate Convention; world NGO meeting before Rio; creation of the GEF; contribution to the European Union Environmental Policy (water, waste, nature protection, lead-free gasoline, catalytic converters). At the national level included: setting up French laws on water and waste, coastline and mountain conservation regulations, setting up the French Agency for the Environment and Energy Efficiency (the ADEME), among others.