Medvedev appoints presidential advisor for climate change

21:53, November 27, 2009      

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President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree appointing Alexander Bedritsky as presidential advisor for climate change, the Kremlin press office said Friday.

Bedritsky will be in charge of climate-related issues and countermeasures against climate change, Sergei Naryshkin, chief of the presidential administration, told reporters.

The advisor will also represent Russia's stance on climate change within international multilateral frameworks and act on behalf of Medvedev in climate change meetings in multinational formats, the Itar-Tass news agency quoted Naryshkin as saying.

Bedritsky, currently president of the UN specialized agency World Meteorology Organization, will draft Russia's position at the upcoming UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.

Bedritsky has been chief of Russia's Federal Service of Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring since 1993. He was elected WMO president in 2003 and was reelected to another four-year term in 2007.

Source: Xinhua
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