Statement: Appointment of Todd Stern as Special Envoy on Climate Change

 - This statement was released in response to the announcement of Todd Stern as America's first special envoy on climate change.-

Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

January 26, 2009

Secretary Clinton’s appointment of America’s first special envoy on climate change is another clear and early signal that the Obama administration is determined to address this issue head on.  This new position can help ensure strong and focused engagement at the highest levels as the United States works with other countries to forge a new international climate agreement.  As special envoy, Todd Stern brings the expertise, insight and judgment needed to represent renewed U.S. leadership in the global effort against climate change.