Olga Pilifosova - speaker of CACCC 2020

12 October 2020
Olga Pilifosova - speaker of CACCC 2020

The Third Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC 2020) will be held online on October 19-23, 2020. The objective of the conference is to strengthen a regional dialogue on climate change and sustainable development through the information and knowledge exchange in Central Asia. You can get more detailed information on the CACCC-2020 here.

A series of our publications will be dedicated to the speakers of the upcoming event. Today, we would like to introduce you to Olga Pilifosova, Manager, Adaptation Programme of the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Her presentation “Marking 2020 for enhanced climate actions: challenges in times of COVID-19” will take place on October 19, 2020, as part of the thematic session of the CACCC 2020 first day.


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Dr. Olga V. Pilifossova is a lead expert in the international climate change policy with a PhD in climatology from the Moscow Global Ecological Institute. Currently she is a Manager of the Adaptation Programme at the UNFCCC secretariat, where she leads the team supporting negotiations and implementation on many aspects of adaptation, including the work of the Adaptation Committee and the cross-cutting adaptation provisions of the Paris Agreement.

Prior to this work, for 14 years, she worked on progressively complex assignments at the UNFCCC secretariat, spearheading technical work and support for negotiations on different aspects of climate change, including GHG inventory, the interface between international policy and science; impacts and vulnerability methods and tools; scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of adaptation. From 2010-2012 she worked at the specifically founded unit at the Executive Direction and Management of the secretariat and served as a secretary to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action, providing overall coordination of the substantive support of the Bali Action Plan process that eventually leads to the Paris outcome in 2015.

Before joining the secretariat, Dr. Pilifossova led climate change work in Kazakhstan, managing the inter-agency team working at the Kazakh Institute for Climate and Ecology, which prepared the first national communication under UNFCCC on all aspects of climate change. From 1999 - 2001, she served as the coordinating lead author for the IPCC third assessment report's adaptation chapter.

Stay tuned for further updates to know about other speakers of the CACCC-2020.