Position: Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC)
Richard Kinley is the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC).
Since joining the Climate Change secretariat in 1993, Richard Kinley has held a number of senior positions including as Coordinator of Intergovernmental and Conference Affairs (2000 to 2006) and Coordinator of Resources, Management and Coordination (1996-2000) where he was responsible for overseeing the management of the intergovernmental process, conference affairs, administration and budget, and national communications. He was Secretary of the Conference of the Parties from 1996 to 2007 and led the secretariat support for the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol (1995-1997). He was Officer-in-Charge of the secretariat from September 2005 to August 2006, and appointed as Deputy Executive Secretary in December 2006.
Prior to joining the Climate Change secretariat, Mr. Kinley was an official in the Government of Canada, working in the areas of international environmental policy, northern environment and resource management, and international climate policy.
He studied political science and international relations, obtaining a Bachelors degree from the University of Manitoba and an M.A. from Carleton University.