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Mr.Nick Nuttal
the Head of Communications and Spokesperson at the UN Framework Convention on Climate

He took up the post in January 2014 after nearly 13 years with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

At the UNFCCC Mr Nuttall leads a team of communications specialists supporting UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and managing the organizations media, Internet, speechwriting, creative writing, social media and campaigns output.

Mr Nuttall is also a member of the UNFCCC’s Management Team that deliberates on strategic policy and administrative issues under the guidance of the Executive Secretary.

He is a regular keynote speaker and lecturer on the international scene at environmental and climate related conferences and has appeared on many major news channels including the BBC; China Central TV and Al Jazeerha.

Mr Nuttall is credited with revamping the UNFCCC’s communications including through more public orientated web sites; greater engagement with media and the UN system; cities; the private sector, civil society including youth and the creative community including artists and musicians.

Opinion pieces by the UNFCCC Executive Secretary on climate change and the benefits of a transition to a low carbon economy are frequently published in newspapers across the globe including China Daily, the Guardian and the Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung.

The communications effort of the UNFCCC is now firmly focused on showcasing the wealth of global climate action as part of efforts to deliver a transformative new universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015 and taking this forward over the coming years and decades.

2001-2013/14-Director of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Division of Communications and Public Information/Spokesperson/Principle Speechwriter to the Executive Director

Mr Nuttall supported two Executive Directors while at UNEP—Klaus Toepfer, the former German environment minister and Achim Steiner.

He is credited with transforming the media profile of UNEP; evolving the speeches of the Executive Directors to a higher level of intellectual quality and launching several high profile campaigns including Think Eat Save—Reduce Your Foodprint! which links global food waste to environmental degradation and the lives of ordinary people.

Mr Nuttall also spearheaded the communications and narrative underpinning the UNEP’s Global Green Deal/Green Economy initiative which has become a major strategic direction of the organization.

During his time at UNEP Mr Nuttall also inspired 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.

As Director of Communications at UNEP, Mr Nuttall was also responsible for the organization’s youth engagement under the flagship Tunza and its engagement on sport and the environment with partners including the International Olympic Committee where he was responsible for UNEP’s engagement with the Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

1989-2001—Environment and Technology correspondent with The Times newspaper in London, England.

During this period Mr Nuttall covered national and international environmental issues including such landmark conferences such as the Kyoto Protocol climate negotiations in 1997 winning awards including the Queen Mother’s Tidy Britain award and the inaugural BT technology journalist of the year awards.

1979-1989—Various employment ranging from a first career after university as a lead singer/songwriter with the United States-based pop group—the Albany Bridge Band—a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch in London and a freelance journalist working for UK-based publications such as the Observer; the London Daily News and Cosmopolitan magazine.

Mr Nuttall is a regular public speaker at conferences speaking on climate and environmental policy while also being the chair or jury member of various awards including the TVE Global Sustainability Film Awards

Academic Qualifications—Mr Nuttall has a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and various professional qualifications including a Registered Representative of the New York Stock Exchange.

Hobbies and Pastimes—Mr Nuttall is an avid tennis player; musican/singer; amateur actor and passionate supporter of English professional football team Burnley FC.

His credits including Climate Man in the 2014 Theatre Bonn production ‘Save the World’; Charles Condomine in the 2014 Bonn Players production of Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit and William Shakespeare in the 2015 Bonn University Shakespeare Club’s production of Tom Stoppard’s ’15 Minute Shakespeare’.

Mr Nuttall is a guest singer on the 2015 album Save the World by Berlin-based singer/songwriter Bernadette La Hengst.