Chief, Sustainable Urban Development, UN-ESCAP

Mr. Curt Garrigan is Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section for UN-ESCAP. In this role, he contributes to ESCAP’s efforts to promote sustainable urban solutions in cities throughout the region. He has provided leadership to a number of ESCAP’s initiatives on sustainable urban development, climate and clean air, including the establishment of the Penang Platform for Sustainable Urbanization, development of Regional Guidelines for Voluntary Local Reviews for the 2030 Agenda for

Sustainable Development, the development and implementation of the Asia-Pacific Regional Action Programme on Air Pollution, and has led organization of the 7th and 8th sessions of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum. He also served as coordinator of the regional UN Issue-Based Coalition on Climate Mitigation and Air Pollution, which has engaged numerous UN entities to strengthen collaboration on climate and clean air initiatives across the region.

Mr. Garrigan spent seven years with UN Environment in Paris, France as Coordinator of the Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative and as Cities and Buildings Programme Manager and led the establishment of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction. Prior to joining the UN system, Mr. Garrigan served more than 22 years in operational and management roles for the City of Nashville, Tennessee USA, including Deputy Mayor, Parks Director, and Infrastructure and Planning Coordinator for the city’s post-Flood Recovery Team.

Mr. Garrigan holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy from the University of Geneva. Optional To use webpage and handouts.