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.

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