Nigel Topping

UN Climate Change High Level Climate Champion

Nigel Topping was the UN’s High-Level Climate Action Champion for COP26, appointed by the UK Prime Minister in January 2020 and has just finished serving his role with COP27.

Alongside the COP25 High Level Champion Gonzalo Muńoz, he established the Race to Zero – a global campaign to commit all actors to net zero by 2050, the Race to Resilience – a global campaign for secure the resilience of 4 billion people by 2030, and the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) – a coalition of existing and new net zero finance initiatives.

Prior to his appointment, Nigel Topping was CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of businesses working to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Carbon Disclosure Project, following an 18 year career in the private sector, having worked across the world in emerging markets and manufacturing.

Nigel was awarded the honour of CMG in Queen Elizabeth's birthday honours list in 2022 and is an Honorary Professor of Economics at Exeter University.

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