Todd Stern

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Todd Stern
Todd Stern appointed Special Envoy for Climate Change 1-26-09.jpg
United States Special Envoy for Climate Change
In office
January 26, 2009 – April 1, 2016
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Jonathan Pershing
White House Staff Secretary
In office
June 30, 1995 – March 11, 1998
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by John Podesta
Succeeded by Phillip Caplan
Personal details
Born (1951-05-04) May 4, 1951 (age 65)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education Dartmouth College (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Todd D. Stern (born May 4, 1951) served as the United States Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading talks at the United Nations climate change conferences and smaller sessions, appointed by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on January 26, 2009.[1] He was the United State's chief negotiator at the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.[2]

Stern previously served under the Bill Clinton administration as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary in the White House from 1993 to 1998, during which time he also acted as the senior White House negotiator at the Kyoto Protocol and Buenos Aires negotiations.[citation needed]


Stern graduated from Dartmouth College in 1973,[3] and earned a J.D. at Harvard Law School.[4]


He has proposed the creation of the E-8, a novel international group uniting leading developed nations and developing ones for an annual gathering focused on combating global warming.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Franke-Ruta, Garance (2009-01-26). "Stern Appointed Climate Change Envoy". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Statement by the President on the Paris Climate Agreement". 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  3. ^ Peret, Anya (2009-01-27). "Stern '73 to be climate-change envoy". The Dartmouth. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  4. ^ Romero, Frances (2009-01-26). "Climate Change Envoy Todd Stern". Time. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  5. ^ "Stern Appointed Climate Change Envoy". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Podesta
White House Staff Secretary
Succeeded by
Phillip Caplan
Diplomatic posts
New office United States Special Envoy for Climate Change
Succeeded by
Jonathan Pershing