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[1]
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJonathan Pershing[2]
White House Staff Secretary
In office
June 30, 1995 – March 11, 1998
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJohn Podesta
Succeeded byPhillip Caplan
Personal details
Born (1951-05-04) May 4, 1951 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationDartmouth 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.[3] He was the United States' chief negotiator at the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.[4]

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,[5] and earned a J.D. at Harvard Law School.[6]


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.[7]

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  3. ^ Franke-Ruta, Garance (January 26, 2009). "Stern Appointed Climate Change Envoy". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
  4. ^ "Statement by the President on the Paris Climate Agreement". December 12, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Peret, Anya (2009-01-27). "Stern '73 to be climate-change envoy". The Dartmouth. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  6. ^ Romero, Frances (2009-01-26). "Climate Change Envoy Todd Stern". Time. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
  7. ^ "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