30 Oct 2006

Lieu: International Environment House II (7-9 ch. de Balexert)

Organisation: Geneva Environment Network

Tis roundtable explored the current state of play in the climate talks and how different stakeholders can contribute to finding real solutions.

About this Session

With the Kyoto Protocol targets coming into effect in 2008, the world’s governments will meet in Nairobi from 6 to 17 November to discuss the need for future commitments under both the Protocol and its parent agreement, the UN Climate Change Convention. Key themes shaping the discussions will include market-based mechanisms, the respective roles of developed and developing countries and the need to transition to a clean energy economy.


Welcome and introduction by the moderator, Annie Roncerel, Senior Programme Coordinator, Climate Change Programme, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Presentations by the panel members:

  • José Romero, Senior Scientific Adviser, International Affairs Division, Federal Office for the Environment of the Swiss Confederation
  • Edwin Aalders, Director, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
  • Martin Hiller, Communications Manager, Climate Change Programme, WWF International
  • Adam Kirkman, Programme Manager, Energy and Climate, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Lisa Petrovic, Project Manager, Climate Change, UNEP Finance Initiative

Discussion with panelists and participants & wrap-up by moderator


Edwin Aalders holds an engineering degree in Tropical Forestry and an M.Sc. in Forestry and Land-uses from Oxford University. He joined SGS in 1992, where worked on the development of a new inspection and certification programmes, and later in charge of the Climate Change Programme and lead auditor in the validation of GHG projects under various programmes developed during that time. In 2004, he joined IETA as Managing Director responsible for activities on CDM, JI, voluntary standards, and monitoring & reporting activities under the EU ETS. He is member of the Review & Assessment team of the JISC and the CDM Roster of Experts.

Martin Hiller heads up the communications activities of WWF’s global climate change programme. He steers policy and business-related communications and campaigns and acts as a spokesperson on climate change issues. He has an extensive background in environmental campaigning at the grassroots and international levels. Amongst other activities, he designed WWF’s first European campaigns.

Adam Kirkman is Program Manager, Energy and Climate at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. Prior to joining WBCSD he led Ernst & Young’s Environment and Sustainability practice in Sydney, Australia, serving both public and private sector clients. Mr. Kirkman’s expertise includes energy and climate policy, emissions trading, GHG verification, business and carbon risk management.

Lisa Petrovic joined the UNEP Finance Initiative in February 2004 where she manages the Climate Change Working Group and the North American Taskforce. She focuses on the Kyoto Protocol’s flexible mechanisms, particularly emissions trading and the CDM and the role of the private financial sector. Prior to joining UNEP Ms Petrovic worked as a management consultant with the UK-based consultancy Datamonitor, where she focused on the energy and utilities sector.

José Romero has served with the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment since 1996 as the Swiss Focal Point for the Climate Change Convention and its Kyoto Protocol as well as for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He previously worked as senior scientist at the World Radiation Center/Physical–Meteorological Observatory in Davos. Mr. Romero has a PhD in physics from the University of Lausanne.

Annie Roncerel joined UNITAR in April 2001. She previously served with UNDP as a Senior Programme Manager in its Energy and Atmosphere Programme and as Lead Officer for its Climate Change Programme. As Global Environment Facility Advisor to the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS, she developed and monitored the implementation of a large GEF project portfolio related to climate change, international waters and biodiversity in this region.