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LIU Jian

Special Advisor Director of the Science Division, UNEP

Dr. Jian Liu has worked for the United Nations for 17 years since 2005. He is currently the Director of the Science Division, and has been the Chief Scientist, UN Environment Programme from 2017 to 2021, concurrently mostly with his current function. From 2011-2016, he was the founding Director of UNEP’s International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP). From 2008-2010, he established UNEP’s first Climate Change Adaptation Unit as the founding chief. His first appointment in the UN was the Deputy Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 2005 to 2007. Before joining the UN, he worked mostly for the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1986-2004, taking a number of senior posts before he joined the UN, such as Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Resources and Environment, Director of the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network, etc. 

Jian LIU has over 30 years of professional experience in science and policy, in the specific domains of ecosystems management, climate change, environment and agriculture at national, regional, and global levels. Jian holds a doctorate degree in Physical Geography from the Graduate School and used to be a visiting professor at the Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resource Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.