Benedick, Richard

Richard Benedick is Senior Advisor to Battelle’s Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland. He has served as chief U.S. negotiator and a principal architect of the Montreal Protocol on protection of the ozone layer, as Special Advisor to Secretaries-General of both the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) and the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994), as Deputy Director in the Environmental and Health Sciences Division at their Washington D.C. office of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and since 1994 has been President of the National Council for Science and the Environment. He is author of the acclaimed book Ozone Diplomacy: New Directions in Safeguarding the Planet (Harvard University Press, 1991). Benedick was elected in 1991 to the World Academy of Art and Science, and in 2002, to the American Academy of Diplomacy. He has received the two highest Presidential career public service honors (the Distinguished, and two Meritorious, Service Awards), as well as the State Department's John Jacob Rogers medal and the United Nations Ozone Award.