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Yvo de Boer Leaves UNFCCC Post “Appalled” by International Inaction

Yvo de Boer officially steps down today from his post as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), making way for incoming UNFCCC chief Christiana Figueres. Mr. de Boer took over the position in September of 2006, shepherding the unwieldy international climate negotiating process through several landmark sessions, including Bali in 2007 and Copenhagen last…

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Halting progress made at latest round of climate negotiations in Bonn

Climate Talks Close in Bonn: Easing Divisiveness, Looking To Cancun, Capetown and Beyond

The “Road to Cancun” moves haltingly forward with the conclusion last Friday of the United Nations climate talks in Bonn. According to a UN press release, the two-week negotiating session made “important progress towards concluding what was left incomplete at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009”. The Bonn talks were the first official negotiations since the end…

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Yvo de Boer: The “Danish Text” Sunk COP15

Despite the flourishing rhetoric at the outset of the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen last December, by the time the conference got underway it was already apparent that the degree of tension and mistrust between the developed and developing world would likely hobble efforts to negotiate a “fair and binding” agreement to deal with climate change at an international level….

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UN Climate Talks Underway in Bonn

Preparation for the COP16 climate conference later this year in Cancùn started today with a two-week UNFCCC negotiating session in Bonn, Germany. Following are press conference videos on the first day of the talks: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer Climate Action Network Press Briefing: Raman Mehta – ActionAid India Alden Meyer – Union of Concerned Scientists Kaisa Kosonen –…

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UNFCC Executive Secretary Talks of Expectations for Bonn Climate Talks

Current UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer addressed the press this morning (see video below) in advance of the first UN climate negotiations next week in Bonn. Soon to be succeeded by incoming Executive Secretary designate Christiana Figueres, de Boer may harbor some relief in not charged with shepherding the next major climate conference, COP16, later this year in Cancún,…

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COP16 ends on optimistic note

Bonn Meeting Meant to “Pick Up the Pieces” of the Shattered COP15 Talks

The first meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since the chaotic conclusion of the COP15 climate conference late last year in Copenhagen concluded yesterday amid a general theme of “picking up the pieces” from the “shattered” process of international climate negotiations. COP15 ended with the Copenhagen Accord, hammered out in the final hours of the…

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Yvo de Boer to Step Down as UNFCCC Executive Secretary

The following is a press release from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: (Bonn, 18 February 2010) – Mr. Yvo de Boer has announced today that he will resign his position as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as of 1 July 2010. Mr. de Boer will be joining the consultancy group KPMG as Global Adviser…

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