Nick Nuttall  

Nick Nuttall is the Head of Communications and Outreach and Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change headquartered in Bonn, Germany. 

Early Life and Education

Nuttall was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, UK, the son of Ernest and Olive Nuttall. He was educated at Greenhill High School and attended the University of St Andrews. After graduating, Nuttall held positions as a stock, bond and commodity broker in the UK and the United States, having begun his working life as a singer with the US pop group The Albany Bridge Band.



Before joining the United Nations, he was the Environment and Technology Correspondent at The Times from 1989, having worked for various newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph; The Independent; the Evening Standard and London Evening News, Woman and Cosmopolitan.

Nuttall was known at The Times for some of the more exotic front page stories and is thought to be the only journalist in the UK to have a story about a former hairdresser from Hartlepool who had invented a heat shield or coating for the US space shuttle based on doing perms in his salon—printed on 1 April with the Editor's caveat 'This is not an April Fool.'

Nuttall has won various awards including one of the inaugural BT technology journalist of the year awards for a feature in The Times on Teledildonics and The Tidy Britain Group's Queen Mother's Birthday Awards. 

United Nations

United Nations Environment Programme

Nuttall joined the United Nations Environment Programme in 2001, He was, until December 2013, the spokesperson, principal speechwriter and creative writer for UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner. Nuttall joined UNEP in 2001 working for former UNEP Executive Director and former German Minister of the Environment, Klaus Töpfer and is credited with collaborating with Töpfer to develop the UNEP theme "Environment for Development" in order to re-position UNEP in the early 21st century. 

During his time at UNEP, Nuttall was responsible for transforming the organization's media profile and, in collaboration with its Executive Director, inspiring several landmark reports including the 2009 Climate Change Science Compendium; the Natural Fix The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation and the Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development. He also spearheaded the communications aimed at popularizing the concepts and ideas behind UNEP's Global Green New Deal/Green Economy Initiative.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

In January 2014, he joined UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is responsible for supporting the press and communications of Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and across the Framework Convention’s operations. He is supporting UNFCCC and governments in securing a new universal climate agreement at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.