U.N. Climate Chief to Leave in July

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 18 (UPI) — The United Nation’s top climate official, Yvo de Boer of the Netherlands, said he will leave in July to work on environmental issues in the private sector.

His departure comes amid uncertainty as to whether the 193 member nations of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change can produce a final treaty in Mexico in December, The Washington Post said Thursday


“Working with my colleagues … in support of the climate change negotiations has been a tremendous experience … but I believe the time is ripe for me to take on a new challenge,” de Boer said in a statement.

Unclear was whether the Copenhagen, Denmark, accord on climate change can be the basis for a lasting treaty, the Post said. While all major emitters have stated their commitments to reduce carbon output during the next decade, several key countries have not formally signed off on the document.

De Boer will join the consulting group KPMG as global adviser on climate and sustainability, and work with several universities.

“The political commitment and sense of direction toward a low-emissions world are overwhelming,” he said. “This calls for new partnerships with the business sector, and I now have the chance to help make this happen.”

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