David Chadwick O'Connor
Permanent Observer of IUCN to the United Nations
For the past 12 years, David O'Connor has been Chief of Policy and Analysis of the Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In that role his team has guided the analytical support to the negotiations for the Rio+20 Conference, the proposal on sustainable development goals of the General Assembly's Open Working Group on SDGs, and the September Summit outcome, Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. His team also helped support the work of the Intergovernmental Expert Committee on Sustainable Development Financing, which helped shape the Addis Ababa Action Agenda agreed in July of this year. His former team also produces the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), mandated by the Rio+20 Conference as an important means of strengthening the science-policy interface in international discussions on sustainable development at the United Nations.
Before joining the United Nations, Dr. O'Connor worked for 14 years as a researcher at the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), based in Paris. Soon after the first Rio Conference in 1992, he published a study entitled Managing the Environment with Rapid Industrialisation: Lessons from the East Asian Experience. He has also written extensively on estimating the co-benefits of climate policy in emerging economies in terms of reduced health and agricultural impacts from local and regional air pollution. He has also served on the Economic Options Panel of the Montreal Protocol on ozone depleting substances.
Prior to joining the OECD, Dr. O'Connor worked as consultant to the World Bank and to UNIDO, where he was responsible for helping develop the electronics industry development strategy as part of the Government of Malaysia's Industrial Master Plan.
Dr. O'Connor holds degrees from Yale, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University College London, where he completed his doctorate.
Conor Strong joined the IUCN Mission to the UN in January 2018 as a Programme Officer. Prior to this, he served as an Environmental Law Graduate Research Fellow for Pace Law School, working primarily with the IUCN-Academy for Environmental Law. Conor received a J.D. and certificates in Environmental and International Law from Pace Law School in 2017 and is expecting to receive an LLM degree in Global Environmental Law in May 2018. During his time at Pace Law, Conor worked closely with the Center for Environmental Legal Studies on drafting and advocating for a resolution passed at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's 2016 World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. He was also appointed by the IUCN Secretariat to serve as a Facilitator in online negotiations between Members. In addition, he assisted in editing the United Nations Environment Programme's Guide for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Laws. Conor has interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations, and Human Rights Watch as well as competed on the International Environmental Moot Court team at Pace Law.
Before law school, Conor attended Pace University where he received his B.A. in Environmental Studies, with honors, in 2014.