UN chief taps Grenada’s Simon Stiell as new UN climate chief

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment Monday of Simon Stiell from the Caribbean island nation of Grenada as the new U.N. climate chief, calling him, “a true champion” of creative approaches to tackling the global climate crisis.

Associated Press

Although he doesn’t know Stiell personally, former U.S. State Department negotiator Nigel Purvis said Stiell “as a representative of a vulnerable small island country has the right kind of background.”

His new post is an important job running the primary forum under the United Nations in which countries spur each other to do more and the key is to find someone “who is going to push for action,” said Purvis, chief executive officer of Climate Advisers.

“Having hard-charging diplomatically astute people in this role has made a huge difference in the past,” Purvis said.

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