János Zlinszky served as a senior scientific adviser to the Co-chair of the UN Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals. He is also the former Head of Department for Strategy and Research in the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations. During the recent EU Presidency of Hungary in 2011, Zlinszky chaired the two international environmental policy committees (WPIEI Horizontal and Global) of the EU Council. Zlinszky also served as Senior Adviser for Environmental Policy to the President of Hungary from 2006 to 2010. He is an Associate Professor in the Department for Environmental Law and Competition Law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and Director of the Sustainable Development Academy of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, both located in Hungary.

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As every climate conference goes by without meaningful resolutions—and with this year’s, in Paris, already labelled a likely flop—one would be forgiven for drawing the conclusion that international consensus for saving the planet is impossible. Yet, amid the gloom that followed last year’s conference in Lima, there was a salutory …

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