Ambassador for Malta on Climate Change
Professor Simone Borg LL.D, LL.M. (Int law), Ph.D (IMLI) is a resident academic at the University of Malta, where she is chair of the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, head of the Department of Environmental and Resources law and lecturer in International law at the Faculty of Laws. She started her career as a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malta and then headed the Multilateral Department within the Ministry of the Environment from 1992 to 2004. She was Malta’s chief negotiator in International Environmental Multilateral Agreements, during which time frame she also drafted national environmental legislation and policy making. She coordinated the transposition of the environmental acquis communautaire before Malta’s EU membership. was appointed Malta’s Ambassador for Climate Action in 2010. During Malta’s tenure of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, she chaired the EU group on climate negotiations. Simone Borg also works as a freelance legal expert on International law, with a special focus on ocean governance, climate law and environmental law in various projects with the European Union, the United Nations and academic networks. Prof Borg is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, one of the experts on the European Union’s Horizon 2020 SC 5 Advisory Group on climate action. Prof Borg has published books including the monograph Conservation of Living Marine Resources on the High Seas, as well as many articles and papers on environmental law, climate change law and ocean governance. In 2017 she received the French National Order of Merit for her work as a diplomat on climate action in Malta and within the International community.