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12 October 2005

Adviser to the Government on the economics of climate change and development

Sir Nicholas Stern FBA, currently Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury, has been appointed by the Prime Minister as Adviser to the Government on the economics of climate change and development. In this role Sir Nicholas will report to the Prime Minister. This appointment will strengthen still further the work on the Gleneagles agenda on climate change and development. 

Sir Nicholas is already closely involved with both issues. He is presently leading a major review of the economics of climate change, reporting to the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer. This review was announced by the Chancellor on 19 July and both the terms of reference and a call for evidence have been announced today. He was also Director of Policy and Research for the Commission for Africa which reported in March 2005. Before joining HM Treasury, he served as Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank from 2000 to 2003.

He will remain the Head of the Government Economic Service, the professional body for economists within the civil service, and will continue to serve on the Treasury Management Board as a non-executive member.

Notes for editors

1. See also press release on Announcement of Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change: Terms of Reference and Call for Evidence

2. For media enquiries contact Daniel Ingram on 0207 270 4725

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