Seasoned climate negotiator and diplomat Jonathan Pershing is coming back to the State Department, but now as the U.S. government’s chief envoy for climate change. Pershing was the lead U.S. negotiator to the Rio summit in 1992, when the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change was born — as well as to its extension adopted in Japan in 1997, known as the Kyoto Protocol. He then worked as director of climate, energy and pollution program at the Washington, D.C.-based environmental think tank World Resources Institute before joining the State Department as deputy special envoy for climate change to Todd Stern in 2009. Stern stepped down from his position April 1.
The European Commission’s International Cooperation and Development directorate-general, known as EuropeAid — in charge of designing the commission’s development cooperation policies — has appointed Klaus Rudischhauser as its acting director general. The appointment was in response to former director-general Fernando Frutuoso de Melo’s decision to leave to serve under Portugal’s new government. Rudischhauser has been with the commission since 1989 and has handled a wide range of development policy issues, including the European Development Fund, and peace and security in Africa.
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.
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