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Bruno Pozzi

Bruno Pozzi

Deputy Director of Ecosystems Division, UNEP

A diplomat from Belgium, Bruno Pozzi brings over 20 years of experience in high-level diplomacy and politics across three different continents and in various political and economic roles.

Bruno’s work is shaped by three core convictions. The first is that the environment is a central political subject and at the heart of multilateralism. Secondly, Bruno believes that sustainable development, peace and prosperity can only be achieved if the environment is the fundamental principle guiding the thinking behind development and socio-economic policies. Thirdly, he is certain that economic transformation and innovation are key in order to build a sustainable future.

Bruno is convinced that the UN Reforms can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. For this reason, he co-chaired the first regional Issue-Based Coalition on environment and climate change, and has reinforced dialogues with UN Country Teams in the region.

Bruno started his career at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served in Belgian Embassies to Japan, China and South Africa. He joined the newly created European External Action Service in 2011 and served as the Head of the Political Section of the European Union Delegation to Ivory Coast. In 2015, he was appointed Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to Kenya, one of the bloc’s largest diplomatic representations abroad. He joined the UN Environment Programme as Director for Europe in 2019 and became Deputy Director of UNEP's Ecosystems Division in 2022.

Bruno holds a degree in Political Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain, and a Master's Degree in European Politics from the Free University of Brussels. 

Bruno is married with two children. He is an ‘Officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne’ (Belgium, 2016) and an ‘Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite’ (Côte d'Ivoire, 2015).