Jukka Uosukainen

Director General
International Affairs Unit
Ministry of the Environment


Jukka Uosukainen (M.Sc. eng.) has worked in the national and international environmental sector for almost two decades. He started as a municipal environmental inspector year 1982, and continued as the Chief Environment Protection Officer for the Zambian Government in late 80’s.

Jukka Uosukainen worked as the Environmental Advisor for the Finnish Official Development Cooperation between the years 1991 and 1995. During this period he travelled widely in Asia, Africa and Latin America initiating environmental cooperation programmes, reviewing Finnish development projects and advising on Environment Impact Assessment procedures.

In 1995 Jukka Uosukainen joined the Ministry of the Environment of Finland as a senior negotiator and Director for UN and Other Multilateral Cooperation. During the last years he has been serving as the EU Lead Negotiator, as well as the co-chairman for subsidiary body meetings at both UN Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC, the Basel Convention and the Montreal Protocol on Substances which deplete the Ozone Layer. He has also been the key negotiator of his government in the work of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, leading to the Johannesburg Summit 2002, and for the meetings of the Governing Council of UNEP. For the year 2008 Mr. Uosukainen acted as the chairman for the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) for the UNFCCC as well as the co-chair on the negotiations on technology during the Poznan climate meeting. He also chaired the UNEP Governing Council's Committee of the Whole in February 2009.

At the moment, Jukka Uosukainen is serving as the Director General of the International Affairs Unit with the Ministry of the Environment of Finland. Besides the above mentioned multilateral issues, his tasks include European and Nordic regional and bilateral cooperation e.g. with Russia.

Outside his professional carrier, Jukka Uosukainen has served in many public assignments in his home city of Espoo, including the City Board, the City Council and the Committee for City Planning. He has also been a member/chairman of the Executive Boards of E.ON Finland energy corporation, and the Ekokem Ltd, the Finnish national hazardous waste management company.