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Great Seal Ambassador Mark G. Hambley
U.S. Special Representative to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and Special Negotiator on Climate Change

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A native of the State of Idaho, Mr. Hambley was raised in Canada and the Midwest before undertaking his university education at The American University, the University of California (Los Angeles), and Columbia University. He also studied at New York University and the American University of Beirut. He entered the Foreign Service in 1971 and has been a member of the Senior Foreign Service since 1989.

Following duties in Saigon, Mr. Hambley specialized in Middle Eastern affairs and was posted to Beirut, Amman, Sanaa, Tunis, Tripoli, Jeddah, Cairo, and Alexandria. Assignments in the Department of State have included stints in the Near Eastern Bureau and the Bureau of Public Affairs, in addition to his current duties with the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. He served as Consul General at both Alexandria and Jeddah. He was the U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar during the Gulf war and later served as the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon. He assumed his current position as Special Representative to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in February 1995 and joined the negotiating team on climate change the following June.

Ambassador Hambley has been the recipient of several governmental and civic awards from both the U.S. and from countries where he has served. These include two Meritorious Honor Awards, the Director General's Award for Reporting, and the U.S. Navy's Superior Public Service Medal. He is a Life Member of the National Geographic Society and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, in addition to membership in other professional associations.

His languages are Arabic and French. He is married and currently resides in Washington, D.C., although he maintains a permanent residence in California.