Kunihiko (Kuni) Shimada is Principal International Policy Coordinator and Principal International Negotiator at the Ministry of the Environment Japan, and is in charge of establishing negotiation strategies for the UNFCCC. At the UNFCCC process, he has been working as a lead negotiator of the Japanese delegation for future issues, technology, adaptation and compliance, as well as servicing as a co-chair of the AWGLCA Contact Group on Development and Transfer of Technologies and Chair on Various Mechanisms for mitigation as well as a member of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) and Compliance Committee. Kuni has been elected as the chair of the Compliance Committee for the two year term in 2010 and 2011. Moreover, Kuni has chaired several international groups, including OECD/IEA Annex I Expert Group on UNFCCC as well as served as an international expert on issues related to compliance, adaptation, energy, technology, financial mechanisms and carbon markets through his continuous and active roles played in climate change negotiations since 1997.
Prior to the current positions, Kuni worked for the UN as one of the lead mediators for international peace and security issues as well as negotiator for a wide range of issues, including human rights, women’s empowerment, and sustainable development and involved in negotiation/mediation for Kosovo, East Timor (currently Timore-Leste), and many other cases.