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Frankfurt: Moderating session at UNITAR Stakeholder Workshop on Strengthening Governance for the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020, 14-16 January.

Paris: Back at the OECD, after 40 odd years, June 2019

Terschelling: Paul moderated a number of sessions at the annual Springtij sustainability event, 27-29 September 2018.

Bonn: Paul moderated the high level discussions and Board meetings marking the 1st Anniversary of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3). Keynote speakers included the German Environment Minister, Svenja Schultze (above), 2018.

Madrid: Leading discussion at industry sustainability event, May 2018.

Bonn: Moderating COP 23 Side Event, 10 November 2017.

Bonn: With organising team and panellist, COP 23 Side Event on Sustainable Chemistry and Climate, 10 November 2017

Berlin: Speaker and co-moderator at the Sustainable Chemistry Start-Ups Innovation Marathon event, Berlin, 12-13 September 2017. See also Innovation Forum article reporting on the event

Berlin: Moderating event launching the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre, 17-18 May, 2017.

Berlin: Opening official high level launch of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre, 18 May 2017.

Zurich: Co-moderating corporate sustainability multi-stakeholder consultation event, 7-8 February, 2017

The Hague: Guest speaker/interviewee at launch of the Natural Capital Business Accord, 5 December 2016.

Waddesdon: Chatham House retreat, October 2016

Waddesdon: Chairing Chatham House high level retreat on climate finance, England, October 2016

Nairobi: With panellists and organisers of Side Event on Sustainable Chemistry and Sustainable Development, United Nations Environmental Assembly, May 2016. Paul chaired the session.

Vienna: Moderating industry sector conference on sustainable development, April 2016.

Amsterdam: Co-moderating (with Cécile van Oppen) international conference on circular Procurement, April 2016.

Geneva: Co-moderating UN Environment expert meeting on global trends in chemicals and sustainability, April, 2016.

Davos: Group photo of participants in UNEP/UNIDO Global Network Conference on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production, October 2015. Paul (right) co-moderated.

Geneva: German Environment Minister Dr Barbara Hendricks addresses the 4th International Conference on Chemicals Management, October 2015. Paul (second left) chaired the following panel discussion.

Brussels: Sharing climate science and related information as guest speaker at meeting of European civil engineers, 17 Sept 2015. The risks of river flooding and sea level rise were among the issues explored.

Berlin: With keynote speaker German State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth at Conference on Sustainable Chemistry, September 2015. Paul moderated the two day conference.

Cannes: Chairing industry sector sustainability conference, May 2015.

Vienna: Chairing United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) conference on chemicals leasing, December 2014

Lille: Addressing international conference on Life Cycle Analysis, November 2014.

Brussels: Keynote speaker, industry conference on quality management, October 2014.

Geneva: Chairing UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) government/industry panel on sustainable finance, October 2014.

New York: Chairing UNIDO Green Industry Leaders' Meeting, September 2014

New York: A serendipitous encounter with old mate Jeremy Leggett (Solar Century, SolarAid, Carbon Tracker) at climate march, September 2014.

Rome: Chairing industry sector conference on sustainable development, May 2014.

London: With team from Global Initiative for Sustainable Ratings (GISR) at financial ratings experts meeting, Chatham House, April 2014.

London: Chairing Chatham House High Level Workshop on Climate and Energy, April 2014.

Bonn: Closing session of industry stakeholder conference on sustainable development, which Paul moderated. April 2014.

Lima: Moderating and speaking the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) General Conference, 5-6 December, 2013.

Lima: Addressing United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) General Conference on green industry, December, 2013

Beijing: As Master of Ceremonies, Paul opened and moderated the 2013 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative, 12-13 November 2013. The ministerial/CEO level event explored options for incentivising financial markets to address sustainability challenges.

Beijing: With UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, at the UNEP Finance Initiative event, 12-13 November 2013.

Guangzhou: As part of his contributions to the UNIDO Green Industry initiative, Paul chaired the ministerial sessions of the Green Industry Conference held in Guangzhou, 7-9 November, 2013.

New York: Moderating UN Global Compact Leaders Forum panel (Christiana Figures, Executive Secretary UNFCCC right), 24 September 2013.

New York: Moderating a session at the 2013 UN Global Compact Leaders' Summit, 24 September 2013

San José: Moderating panel on green industry, UNIDO High Level Conference on Small and Mid-Sized Economies, June 2013.

Vienna: The Vienna Energy Forum 2013, held on 28-30 May 2013, was an initiative to provide further momentum to the actions required by the energy sector to meet intergovernmental commitments on climate and sustainable development made at the 2012 UN Summit on Sustainable Development) 'Rio + 20'. Paul (right) moderated several high level panels.

Paris: Chairing Paris Forum ministerial panel on 'Green Industry for a Sustainable Economy', May 2013.

The Hague: The Netherlands hosted The High Level Forum on Water to mark World Water Day on 22 March 2013. The event was officially opened by HRH the Prince of Orange. Paul Hohnen co-moderated the plenary sessions.

Geneva: In February 2013, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) hosted, together with the German Development Agency (GIZ), a Global CSR Retreat for CEOs and senior staff of businesses from East Europe and other emerging economies. The Retreat, which involved a master class on corporate responsibility and experience sharing by participants, was guided by Paul and a team of experts from China, Peru and South Africa.

London: Chairing Chatham House expert meeting on Climate Change and Investment in Coal, February 2013.

Melbourne: Chairing ACCSR Annual Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, February 2013.

Rome: Leading a sustainability strategy session for the global leadership of a multinational firm, January 2013.

Rome: Social activities included a visit to the Vatican Museum.

Vienna: Paul moderated the UNIDO/ADB Round Table on 'Asia 2050: the sustainable route to prosperity', September 2012.

Alsace: A private company sustainability strategy day involving over a hundred country heads from around the world, which Paul presented to and facilitated. July 2012.

London: Master of Ceremonies and moderator at the launch of the Children's Rights and Business Principles, 14 March 2012.

Alsace: Paul addressing the CEO and national country directors of a major Franco-German company on potential sustainability strategies the company might adopt to enhance its performance on economic, social and environmental dimensions, August, 2012.

Cover, WME magazine, March 2012

Melbourne: Moderating and speaking at Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) annual conference, Melbourne, 14 February 2012.

Vienna: The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) hosted a series of conferences on Green Industry during the period 2009-2015. As a Senior Consultant to UNIDO on Green Industry, Paul was a regular event moderator and speaker (22-24 June 2011)

Paris: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted a series of expert dialogues at its Paris Business and Industry headquarters on how the private sector could help advance the green economy. In his capacity as a Senior Consultant to UNEP, Paul Hohnen presented a paper on the subject, 12 April 2011.

London: Paul addressing a business conference on climate change and sustainability issues, 16 March 2010.

Melbourne: Paul and other keynote speakers at the ACCSR business conference 'Facing the Future: The Post-GFC World of Responsible Business Practice', 19 Feb 2010

Sydney: As a senior consultant to the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR), Paul moderating and speaking at a conference hosted by Westpac on how leading Australian businesses were using the concepts of corporate responsibility and sustainability to improve performance, February 2010.

Amsterdam: The Accenture company invited Paul to lead an internal workshop their sustainability team, 11 December 2009. Paul also wrote training briefs for the global company on sustainability reporting and the concept of materiality.

Jakarta: Paul (right) moderated a number of panel discussion sessions at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Biodiversity and Business event held in Jakarta on 30 November-2 December, 2009. The event agreed The Jakarta Charter on Business and Biodiversity.

Amsterdam: In 2009, the Club of Rome held its Global Assembly in Amsterdam, with the theme 'Climate, Energy and Economic Recovery'. Paul opened and moderated the event, whose keynote speakers included Mikhail Gorbachev and NASA's James Hansen. 26-27 October, 2009

Amsterdam: A Club of Rome panel discussion, October 27 2009.

Amsterdam: A CEO panel featuring chief executives from major international energy, communications and banking institutions was a highlight of the Club of Rome Amsterdam Forum, which Paul (right) chaired, 26 October 2009.

Kotor, Montenegro: Paul leading training workshop for the Balkan region on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR) hosted by the Montenegrin government with support from the German GTZ agency, September 2009.

Manila: The Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Dr Kandeh Yumkella (right), receiving ministers and senior government officials on the margins of a UNIDO ministerial conference on Green Industry.

Manila: In has capacity as senior consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Paul moderated the high level segments of the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia, held in Manila on 9-11 September 2009. Here, with the Malaysian Environment Minister.

Rotterdam: Paul conducting an executive level workshop on sustainability strategies with a major Dutch listed company for its global leadership, 19 June 2009.

Geneva: The objective of the 2nd session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) was to review global actions needed to meet government commitments to reducing the health impacts of hazardous chemicals and improve chemicals management. Paul chaired the high level multi-stakeholder segment of this ministerial meeting, 11-15 May 2009.

London: The Royal Institution hosted a UK business sector debate on Corporate Responsibility (CR) on 15 April 2009, which Paul (below, right) was invited to address and take questions as a keynote speaker. The debate focused on potential changes to the Companies Act to reflect changing expectations of business in the context of climate change and sustainable development.

Sydney: Paul was a keynote speaker on international sustainability standards at a Westpac event on corporate social responsibility held on 16 April 2009.

London: The Royal Institute for international Affairs (Chatham House) hosted a number of expert workshops on EU forestry policies, which Paul chaired in his capacity as Associate Fellow, 20 January 2009.

Amsterdam: Paleo-anthropologist Richard Leakey was guest of honour at IUCN Netherlands 2008 General Conference, December 2008. Paul chaired the event, which took stock of biodiversity challenges and policies globally.

Amsterdam: As part of his personal commitment to promoting green finance, Paul (centre) chaired the 10th Anniversary Triple Bottom Line Investment (TBLI) Europe conference, 12-14 November, 2008. The TBLI concept embraces the notion that there are three 'bottom lines' for business - financial, social and environmental. Only pursuit of all three will ensure a company's long term success.

Vilnius: Lithuania hosted a regional workshop on policies to address climate change and sustainable development on 13 September 2008, In his capacity as a United Nations Environment Programme Senior Consultant, Paul (left) was invited to facilitate the event, which involved ministers and senior officials from Baltic and Eastern European nations.

Tällberg, Sweden: Some of the participants in the annual Tällberg Conference workshop on climate and energy, 30 June 2008. The Tällberg event brings together experts from around the world to explore new thinking about emerging environmental and social challenges.

Amsterdam: Alyson Slater, Allen White and Paul Hohnen take a moment to celebrate the successful conclusion of the 2008 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) conference, 8 May 2008. All three had been closely involved as staff in the GRI's establishment in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: As part of an effort to simplify and focus guidance on corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, Paul presented a paper on the synergies between the Earth Charter, UN Global Compact and GRI to a side event at the GRI Global Conference on 8 May 2008. The paper was commissioned by the Earth Charter.

Utrecht: The Dutch consulting group Cap Gemini engaged Paul to help develop and chair a high level workshop on energy trends, 4 March. Participants included former Dutch Prime Minister, Ruud Lubbers (left).

Melbourne: The theme of the 2008 ACCSR Annual Conference was 'Raising the Bar: Leading Sustainable Business in 2008'. Paul provided an international perspective on the main global instruments to help Australian business become more sustainable and competitive.

London: Paul with colleagues on the Henderson Global Investors Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Advisory Committee. Paul was chair of the London-based committee for a number of years. The Committee's role was to assist the investment group in projects that materially advanced sustainable development.

Christchurch: Keynote speaker Paul Hohnen addressing a private finance sector meeting on Climate Change and Sustainable Development - the New Agenda, 12 October 2007.

Geneva: Paul chaired the UN Global Compact SDG Investment Forum on the future of global finance, which brought together CFOs from across Europe, 28 September 2007. Here, beside Georg Kell, the Executive Director of the Global Compact.

Geneva: The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) held an international conference on International Standards and Public Policy in Geneva on 20 September 2007. The event underlined ISO's recognition of the importance of standards in advancing sustainable development policy. Paul (second from left) was a keynote speaker and moderator.

Geneva: Swedish Ambassador Elisabeth Dahlin was one of a number of high level speakers at the UN Global Compact business leadership event held on 6 July 2007. Paul presented a paper on corporate social responsibility as an expression of soft power.

Manila: Paul was a guest expert at an Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted regional cooperation workshop on environmentally sound economic growth, 21 June 2007.

London: Paul chairing the annual Chatham House Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, 26 March 2007.

Dubai: Paul was among a small group Australian sustainability experts invited to brief the CEO and leadership of a major United Arab Emirates development firm on sustainable development options, 24 March 2007.

Dubai: Paul speaking to a Master Class on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development, 21 March 2007. The course was aimed at helping business leaders in the Middle East to integrate sustainable development and CSR concepts into their business plans.

Melbourne: Paul was one of a number of keynote speakers at the annual conference of the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) held on 19 February, 2007. The conference took stock of the progress being made by Australian companies towards sustainability.

Amsterdam: Paul moderating a high level panel discussion on sustainability at Heineken headquarters, 2007. Participants included the Heineken CEO and Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Paris: The 2006 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Consultative Meeting on Business and Industry, was hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Paul Hohnen (centre), 26-27 October 2006.

Amsterdam: The first Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency was held on 5 October 2006. It was hosted by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and opened in the presence of Crown Prince Willem Alexander (front row, centre) and the Dutch Foreign Minister. As Director of Strategy for the GRI, Paul (right) was among the attendees who listened to fmr Vice-President Al Gore's opening speech.

New York: As part of the 2006 UN Commission on Sustainable Development conference (CSD-14), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted a high-level report event launch of the report 'Class of 2006' in May 2006. This report, edited by Paul Hohnen & Tom Rotherham, assessed the global progress towards sustainable development made by a wide range of industry sectors since the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002.

Melbourne: (l/r) Paul Hohnen, Senator Penny Wong and Dr Leeora Black (CEO, Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility) at the annual ACCSR Conference, at which all three spoke on the potential advantages for the Australian business sector in taking a leading global role on integrated social, environmental and economic action, April 2006.

Brussels: Recognising the importance of strengthening EU policy on corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Finnish EU Presidency convened a multi-stakeholder high level meeting to explore options, 2006. In his Chatham House capacity, Paul Hohnen was invited to support the Finnish Presidency.

Cover, The Diplomat magazine, Jan/Feb 2009

London: Paul is appointed to the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Advisory Committee of Henderson's Global Investors group, 2005.

New York: The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) was officially launched as an independent institution at a ceremony held in the UN Building in New York on 4 April 2002. Nancy Bennett (UNEP) and Paul Hohnen (consultant to GRI) joined GRI co-founders Dr Bob Massie (left) and Dr Allen White (right) in celebrating the launch. The multi-stakeholder governed GRI was the first global institution to develop and roll-out indicators for enabling organisations to measure and report their journey towards economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Atlanta: While still working with Greenpeace International, Paul explored with colleagues the potential for better assisting the business sector to understand the challenges and opportunities of climate change and other potentially existential environmental challenges. As a result of this work, he was invited to address a CERES/Tellus Institute conference held in Atlanta on the potential of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Cover, Ode magazine, December 2000

Oslo: Representing Greenpeace as its Director for International of Political Affairs, Paul addressed a wide range of high level business and government events on sustainability themes. At a global panel on energy and climate in 1997, he argued the case for the Norwegian Petroleum Fund to invest its profits in climate-friendly developments such as energy efficiency, and renewable energy and low-carbon technologies.

Nairobi: The Greenpeace delegation to the 3rd Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) for a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, September 1991. Together with scientific and other non-governmental bodies, Greenpeace argued for a global convention that recognised the importance of early action to limit global warming, including by massive investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Kuwait: The oil well fires lit by retreating Iraqi troops in 1991 were the subject of a BBC documentary series which Paul was invited to comment on from a global warming perspective, March 1991. The programme underlined the links between continued fossil fuel use and potentially catastrophic global heating.

Geneva: On leave from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Paul led the Greenpeace delegation to the 1990 Second World Climate Conference, held on 29 October-7 November, 1990. At the Conference, Greenpeace released the Oxford University Press book 'Global Warming: The Greenpeace Report' (1990), edited by Greenpeace Chief Scientist Dr Jeremy Leggett. The report underlined the scientific reality of climate change and argued for urgent action.