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Liu Jian

Director, Science Division, UNEP Special Advisor, CCICED

Jian Liu is Director of Science at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Prior to that, he was UNEP’s Chief Scientist. Previously, he has served as Director of UNEP’s International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP) and has helped to establish UNEP’s first Climate Change Adaptation Unit. His first appointment at the UN was as Deputy Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 2005 to 2007.

Before joining the UN, he worked for the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1986 to 2004, including serving as its Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Resources and Environment and as Director of the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network. 

Jian Liu has over 30 years of professional experience in science and policy, including on ecosystems management, climate change, environment, and agriculture. He holds a doctorate degree in Physical Geography from the Graduate School and was previously a visiting professor at the Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resource Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.