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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]…

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]…

Solar panel on used for lighting village homes

OPINION: Boosting private sector investment in low-emissions development

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

FEATURE: Climate Investment Funds (CIF) entering a new phase

CDKN's Director of Policy and Programmes, Ari Huhtala, reports back from the latest global discussions about the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and reflects on the past, present and future of the CIF. [more]…

NEWS: Climate vulnerable forum takes action

CDKN`s Director of Policy and Programmes, Ari Huhtala reports on the discussions held by the Climate Vulnerable Forum at its side event at the Rio+20 Summit. [more]…

NEWS: Carbon Expo dives into climate finance

The second blog from CDKN's Director of Policy and Programmes, Ari Huhtala, who attended the Carbon Expo in Cologne from 30-31 May. Here, he discusses the challenges of engaging the private sector with low-emissions development pathways. [more]…

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