Work with United Nations on Climate Change

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"Will re-engage with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) – the main international forum dedicated to addressing the climate problem … will also create a Global Energy Forum of the world's largest emitters to focus exclusively on global energy and environmental issues." — Obama's Blueprint for Change


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Updated: February 2, 2009

Clinton names special envoy for climate change

On Jan. 26, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Todd Stern as a Special Envoy for Climate Change. Stern's appointment will help the Obama administration address global warming on an international scale.

Previously, Stern coordinated initiatives on global climate change for the Clinton administration from 1997 to 1999, acting as the senior negotiator at UN climate talks in Kyoto and Buenos Aires. "The time for denial, delay, and dispute is over. The time for the United States to take up its rightful place at the negotiating table is here," Stern said during his acceptance.

"The Special Envoy will serve as a principal advisor on international climate policy and strategy. He will be the Administration’s chief climate negotiator," Clinton said. "He will be leading our efforts with United Nations negotiations and processes involving a smaller set of countries and bilateral sessions."

Stern's appointment is a first step to working with the UN on climate change.


State Department, Secretary Clinton announces Special Envoy for Climate Change, Jan. 26, 2009, accessed Feb. 1, 2009.

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