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Yannick Glemarec

Executive Coordinator, Global Environment Facility & Director of Environmental Finance, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USA

Dr. Glemarec is the Executive Coordinator of UNDP's Global Environment Facility and Director of Environmental Finance, overseeing more than 900 projects implemented in over 140 countries, totaling approximately US$7 billion (including co-financing). The programme and projects focuses on biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, international waters, persistent organic pollutants and land use.

Dr. Glemarec joined the UN in 1989 as a Junior Programme Officer for the International Decade of Water Supply and Sanitation in Geneva. He has since held a number of progressively responsible positions within UNDP, including the Country Offices in Viet Nam, China and Bangladesh. Dr. Glemarec served as the Deputy Executive Coordinator of the Global Environment Facility for four years prior to his current position.

Dr. Glemarec holds a doctorate in Environmental Sciences from the University of Paris VII, France, and two Master Degrees in Hydrology, from Ecole nationale du Génie rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (France's National School of Waters and Forests), and in Business Administration, from the University of Durham, UK.

Dr. Glemarec has authored several books and papers on the environment and low emission climate resilient development. In the 2009 UNDP publication,Charting a New Low-Carbon Route to Development: A Primer on Integrated Climate Change Planning for Regional Governments, Dr. Glemarec warned that a new development planning paradigm was needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change. He then detailed creative measures that governments could implement to reduce carbon emissions and increase climate resilience.

In the 2011 UNDP publication Catalyzing Climate Finance: A Guidebook on Policy and Financing Options to Support Green, Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development, Dr. Glemarec outlined a non-prescriptive four-step methodology to assist the public development practitioner at the national and sub-national levels select and deploy an optimal mix of public policies and financing instruments to catalyze climate finance in line with national development priorities. He wrote "New sources of public climate finance hold the promise of leveraging a much greater volume of private resources. But there is a significant risk that only a few emerging economies will be able to develop enabling policy environments robust enough to lay the foundations for large private financial flows in the absence of appropriate advisory services." These UNDP publications can be accessed at: http://www.undp.org/energyandenvironment/climatestrategies.

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