Conversations: April 24, 2020
On April 24, 2020, Ana Maria Kleymeyer, International Climate Policy and Law Advisor and Xavier Cortada discussed the current climate crisis and the pandemic. They discussed global strategies in addressing the climate crisis, specifically seeking how those would overlap with developing smart solutions so societies are better prepared to tackle future pandemics.
About Ana Maria Kleymeyer
Ana Maria Kleymeyer is an international law and policy advisor to governments and global institutions on environmental protection and sustainable development. She specializes in climate change, ozone layer protection, and transboundary water resources management.
Ms. Kleymeyer provides advice to governments in the climate and ozone treaty negotiations to support countries’ active, informed, and strategic engagement on existing and new topics. She supports implementation of the global treaties and national policy development through policy assessment and design, project identification and development, and resource mobilization. She provides similar support to regional river basin organizations, addressing an array of water-related priorities, including climate change, at a regional level.
Over her career, she has worked on environmental compliance and water resources management for the World Bank; and she was Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Environment in the Argentine Ministry of Sustainable Development, where she created and headed the Office of International Affairs as well as led the Argentine delegation in negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. Later, she served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change to a global think tank focusing on trade and sustainable development, after which she created her own independent consulting platform and began focusing on advisory services, capacity building, and training. Her current clients include the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment, the United Nations Climate Change Learning platform (UN-CCLearn), the United Nations Institute for Research and Training, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s International Water Convention office.
Ms. Kleymeyer holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, a Masters in sustainable development from the International Institute for Development Studies (IUED, Geneva), and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University.