Jan Dusik, Acting Director, UNEP Regional Office for Europe
Jan Dusík was born in Plzeň, Czech Republic. He graduated from the Law School of Charles University, Prague in 1998 and received a doctorate in 2001. In 2001-2002, he undertook a Master of Science Programme on Environmental Change and Management in the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
After the democratic changes in Czechoslovakia, Mr. Dusík became involved with the environmental movement in 1990 - first in the Brontosaurus Movement, from organising youth camps to managing the Movement's central office and international activities in 1993-1995. In 1994, he co-founded the Environmental Law Service, initially an environmental law clinic, which gradually evolved into a highly respected public interest environmental advocacy.
After finishing his law studies in 1998, he joined the International Relations Directorate of the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic. His service for the Ministry involved managing accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union (as Deputy Director and then Director of the EU Department in 1999-2003), coordination of international activities, legislative drafting and procedure and supervision of environmental public administration (as Director General in 2005-2006; Deputy Minister for International Co-operation, Legislation and State Administration from 2006, and First Deputy Minister from 2007). In 2003-2004, he worked for the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission in Brussels, handling cases of infringements of EC environmental legislation.
Over the years in the Czech civil service, Jan has been active in international environmental relations, both bilateral and multilateral. He was the Head of the Delegation of the Czech Republic to numerous meetings of parties of multilateral conventions and international organisations and their bodies (e.g. EU, UNEP, UN CSD, UN ECE, OECD). He served as the Vice - President of the Bureau of the UNEP Governing Council for 2007-2009, as the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole during the 24th session and 10th special session of the UNEP Governing Council. He was the Chairman of the Bureau of the Aarhus Convention for the period 2008-2011 and chaired the 4th Meeting of Parties to the Convention in 2011. He was the leading coordinator for the Czech Republic's Presidency of the EU Environmental Council in the first half of 2009.
Jan was appointed as the Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic in the care-taker government on 30 November 2009. He resigned from this post on 18 March 2010, following a political escalation concerning a project of a major thermal power plant reconstruction. Subsequently, he provided consultancy on international environmental policy and law in a number of countries worldwide, and served as an external advisor to the Czech Minister of Environment.
Jan speaks English, French, Czech and Slovak, some German and Russian.
Jan joined UNEP in July 2011 as the Deputy Director of the Regional Office for Europe and in December 2011 assumed functions of the Acting Director and Regional Representative in that office