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Ex-UN climate boss: Talks rudderless

2011-12-04 16:58

Durban - Yvo de Boer says he left his job over a year ago in frustration as the UN's top climate official, believing the process of negotiating a meaningful climate agreement was failing.

His opinion hasn't changed.

He told The Associated Press on Sunday that he's still deeply concerned about where the process is going, "or rather where it's not going".

For three years until 2010, the Dutch civil servant was the leading voice on global warming.

He appeared constantly in public to advocate green policies, travelled endlessly for private meetings with top leaders and laboured with negotiators seeking ways to finesse snags in drafting agreements.

But he said world leaders failed to give negotiators the needed political guidance and flexibility.

Comments
  • bernpm - 2011-12-04 17:35

    Pleased to hear that someone is saying it as it is. The "climate" circus becomes a little boring. It has become just another excuse for so-called world leaders to travel around and sit in conferences. It is a cash cow for event organisers. What if the oceans rise by 4 meter? We can calculate today which countries will be under water and start planning the migration. For those who cannot swim we can start swimming lessons.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-12-04 17:55

    The UN is short for Useless Nations.

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2011-12-04 18:09

    Time you come to terms with it. Nobody gives a damm, but it is a good excuse for free travel and lodgings in far off places

  • giuseppe.bonaccorsi - 2011-12-04 19:57

    It seam that, thogh independent Scientists advised for years that changing the way the climate is moving is simply an utopia.Every day we see politics and chiefs/Bosses of UN Climate Programm turn to scientists a deaf ear probably because they have no reasonable contest to offer though is also the best way to get some funding without having to support a faulty theory.

  • Dan - 2011-12-05 13:10

    Lemmings . Humans is the only species i know that will go all out to great lenghts to make themselfs extinct . hope they succeed

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