Stephan Contius is Head of the Division “United Nations, Post-2015 Agenda and Cooperation with Developing and Newly Industrialised Countries” at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Berlin.
His previous assignments in the Environment Ministry include legal affairs, prevention of air pollution, G7 and G8 cooperation, and project financing. In 1990 he was seconded to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. For the EU he participated in the final negotiations on the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992).
Mr. Contius was involved in the establishment of bilateral environment and climate change dialogues with Brazil, China, India and other countries and served as German chief negotiator for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg 2002), the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro 2012) and as German co-lead negotiator for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Mr Contius’ academic background is law and political science. He was recipient of scholarships of the German National Academic Foundation.