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Foreign Secretary’s new Special Representative for Climate Change

Sir David King to be new special representative for climate change: he brings a deep and specific knowledge of climate and energy issues.

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Sir David King

Sir David King

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague said:

I am delighted to announce that I have appointed Sir David King as my new Special Representative for Climate Change.

Sir David was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 – 2007 and served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford. He has had a long and distinguished career within and beyond government. As well as a long-held commitment to raising awareness of climate change, he brings a deep and specific knowledge of climate and energy issues and a wealth of broader experience to the role, which he will begin later this year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and to recognise the achievements of Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, who agreed to take on the role on an interim basis. Neil has made a significant contribution on the busy and high-profile climate agenda, working closely with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). I am very grateful for this and want to highlight his work on strengthening UK/US cooperation on climate and for his advocacy on the need to address climate security. I wish him all the best for the future.

I know that Sir David is keen to build on Neil’s excellent work, working with the FCO’s global network and DECC, as we continue to build the conditions and momentum towards securing a global and legally binding climate agreement in 2015.

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Published 13 September 2013