Public group: UNEP - Environment for Development

Ulf Björnholm, Head of the UNEP Brussels Liaison Office


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Ulf Björnholm, a national of Sweden, is an expert in European and international policy on sustainable development and environmental policy. 

As Head of the United Nations Environment Programme‘s Liaison Office to the EU Institutions, he is responsible for promoting and facilitating partnership-building between UNEP and EU institutions as well as key EU stakeholders in Brussels. This includes taking the lead on facilitating the policy dialogue between UNEP and the European Commission under a joint Memorandum of Understanding, supervising and coordinating UNEP’s outreach initiatives in Brussels, assisting and advising the UNEP leadership on EU Policy, and representing UNEP in meetings and public events.  

Mr Björnholm is also member of the Heads of Agencies Team of the United Nations Offices in Brussels, and he chairs the UN Brussels Policy Group on Sustainable Development. He also oversees the Greening of the UN House in Brussels. 

Prior to joining UNEP, he served in the European Commission where he played contributed to developing a major proposal for a new EU Clean Air Policy, presented in 2013. Linked to this, he participated actively in international UN negotiations relating to air pollution.

Mr. Björnholm has also held several positions as a representative and diplomat for the Swedish Government, both in Stockholm and abroad. In his role as a political advisor and negotiator on international environmental affairs for Sweden, he chaired and represented the EU at several UN/EU environmental negotiations during two EU Presidencies – in New York (2001) and in Brussels (2009). For more than seven years, he served as Environment and Climate Counsellor at the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. Before joining the Swedish Government, he worked for local municipalities and for a youth network under the Swedish UN Association to promote the implementation of Agenda 21 in Sweden. 

Ulf Björnholm has a Master of Science from the University of Lund. In addition to being fluent in Swedish, Norwegian and English, he also speaks French and Portuguese. He took up his duties as Head of UNEP’s Liaison Office to the EU in Brussels on 22 April 2014. 

Date: 2014;