Climate change shake-up

Yvo de Boer, the UN’s top climate
change official, says he will resign after nearly four years in the post.

His departure takes effect from 1
July, five months before 193 countries are due to reconvene in Mexico for
another attempt at a global deal on climate.

Nations failed to reach a binding
deal at the Copenhagen meeting in December.

Mr de Boer said he was announcing
his departure now so that a successor could be found well before the Mexico
meeting later this year.

The former Dutch civil servant was
appointed as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change in 2006. As the UN’s climate negotiator, he was widely credited
with raising the profile of climate change issues.

But suspicion and distrust between
developing and industrial countries barred the way to a binding accord at the
UN’s climate change summit in Copenhagen in December.

In a statement, Mr de Boer said:
“It was a difficult decision to make, but I believe the time is ripe for
me to take on a new challenge.”

Mr De Boer said he would become a
consultant on climate and sustainability issues for KPMG, a global accounting
firm, and would be associated with several universities.

Mr de Boer is said to be deeply
disappointed with outcome of the last summit in Copenhagen, which drew 120
world leaders but failed to reach a binding global accord.

But he said the failure to secure a
treaty at Copenhagen was unrelated to his decision to quit, and that he had
begun looking for a new job last year, before the summit.

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