Liz Thompson was appointed in 2010 as Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Coordinator for the UNCSD Rio+20. She is currently Senior Adviser to the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for ALL (SE4ALL) initiative. Her experience includes acting as Special Adviser to the President of the UN General Assembly. Liz was an elected parliamentarian and Senator in Barbados where she held a number of ministerial portfolios including Minister of Energy and Environment, and where she led the development of Barbados’ national policies on sustainable development, sustainable energy and a green economy; this latter was the first in the Americas. Her contributions to policy in sustainable development and climate change were recognized when she was awarded UNEP’s Champion of the Earth Award 2008.