Jan Hartke helped to internationalize the environmental agenda and is recognized as one of the founders of the sustainable development movement. He is President of the Earth Council, formed by UN Secretary-General Maurice Strong at the Earth Summit of 1992. He served for 12 years as the global Director of Clean Energy for the Clinton Climate Initiative. He served as Senior Adviser to UN Secretary- General Sha Zukang at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development and was a strong advocate in efforts to create the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. He is a co-founder of Ceres, a network of institutional investors with $10 trillion in assets, and helped establish the Global Environment Facility, the largest environmental grant- making institution in the world. Nelson Mandela praised Jan’s leadership for helping the New South Africa create green jobs for women and young people. He is married to JoEllen Fortune Hartke, has four sons, and lives near Washington DC.
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Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2020 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the next administration faces. Jan Hartke, Non-resident Fellow The Problem Hurricanes, wildf…