Making the Paris climate targets applicable in our daily lives

Published June 13, 2017

Professor Laurence Tubiana, a key architect behind the 2015 Paris agreement on why action on food and health can translate complex climate targets that everyone can identify with.

«We need to establish a connection between the climate, health and food community» Laurence Tubiana

Laurence brings decades of expertise and experience in climate change, energy, agriculture and sustainable development, working across government, think tanks, NGOs and academia. She started her career as a Research Director for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. In the 80’s and early 90’s she founded and then led Solagral, an NGO working on food security and the global environment. From 1997 to 2002, she served as Senior Adviser on the Environment to the French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. In 2002, she founded and then directed until 2014 the Paris-based Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). From 2009 to 2010, she created and then led the newly established Directorate for Global Public Goods at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2013, she chaired the French National Debate on the Energy Transition.

Laurence has held several academic positions, including as a Professor and Scientific Director for the International Development and Environmental Studies Master degrees at Sciences Po, Paris, and Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, New York. She has been member of numerous boards and scientific committees, including the Chinese Committee on the Environment and International Development.