Director of Global Advocacy, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Yunus Arikan has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Engineering diploma from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Yunus Arikan has been working at ICLEI World Secretariat since 2009. Before this, he was with the Regional Environmental Center in Turkey, leading the development of the Climate Change Programme as well as the UNDP Turkey Country Office and Ministry of Environment. Between 2009-2012, Yunus led ICLEI´s Cities Climate Center. Within this scope, he advanced and coordinated ICLEI´s work on climate mitigation, established the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting - carbonn, operating the Cities Climate Registry, served as the Director of Secretariat for the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and acts as the Focal Point of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC. Since 2013, he leads ICLEI´s global advocacy at the UN including ECOSOC, UN bodies and multilateral environmental agreements.