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Ari Huhtala - Deputy CEO – Policy and Programmes

Ari is an economist from Finland and he has spent most of his life in development work, first in the field of industrial development and technology/investment promotion and then specialising in environmental financing issues.

His experience includes UNDP in Hanoi and Dhaka, UNIDO headquarters in Vienna and Representative in Bangkok, manager for cleaner production financing at UNEP Paris, environmental advisor to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and Team Leader for a KfW environmental credit line in Indonesia.

More recently he has worked at the Environment Department of the World Bank in Washington DC leading a cluster on climate finance acting as well as preparing for Rio+20. In May 2012 he joined the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) as Director of Policy and Programmes.



Ari Huhtala's content

OPINION: The New Urban Agenda - What's in it for developing cities?

The New Urban Agenda sets out priorities for achieving more sustainable cities and was adopted by governments at Habitat 3 in Quito. CDKN’s Mairi Dupar scrutinises the 24-page Agenda, assesses its relevance for climate action in cities and gives it only partial marks. Contributions by Ari Huhtala and Maria Jose Pacha, CDKN. [more]…

FEATURE: Towards a green finance action agenda

CDKN attended the Global Green Growth Week was held in Jeju, Republic of Korea, 5-9 September. The is the first of two blogs reporting from the event, by Ari Huhtala, [more]…

OPINION: Justice in the climate negotiations - and in the real world

Ari Huhtala argues that there is considerable potential to assess countries' global and national performance on climate action - through an equity lens. [more]…

OPINION: Follow Paris Agreement with green investment deals

The next step after the Paris Climate Agreement is to turn countries’ national climate commitments into investment deals, says CDKN’s Ari Huhtala. Here, he reports on the latest meeting of the San Giorgio Group: a group of eminent climate finance specialists. [more]…

OPINION: Response from CDKN's global, regional and country leads to Paris Agreement

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN’s Chief Executive, introduces commentary on the Paris Agreement from CDKN's teams around the world. [more]…

FEATURE: The Green Climate Fund – baby steps towards delivery

CDKN's Ari Huhtala and Christina Elvers report from the meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board in Zambia last week, where the Board made its first funding decisions. [more]…

OPINION: Financing for Development - an unmissable opportunity to back climate compatible development

This week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, governments meet at the Financing for Development conference. It’s part of a long intergovernmental series of meetings to assess whether international and domestic financing for development is adequate and to encourage greater assistance commitments from industrialised nations [more]…

OPINION: Fiscal policies support climate compatible development

Fiscal policies play an important role in guiding investment decisions towards low emission and climate resilient options, report Sam Bickersteth and Ari Huhtala from the Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference. [more]…

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OPINION: Boosting private sector investment in low-emissions development

Ari Huhtala of CDKN reports from the Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Asia Forum. [more]…

OPINION: Private sector action in adaptation

Ari Huhtala, CDKN's Deputy CEO for Policy and Programme, reflects on government strategies to attract private investors to climate adaptation, as highlighted in several recent expert debates. [more]…

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