Yvo de Boer

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Yvo de Boer
Yvo de Boer.jpg
Yvo de Boer in 2007
Born (1954-06-12) 12 June 1954 (age 62)
Vienna, Austria
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Special Global Advisor Climate Change and Sustainability KPMG

Yvo de Boer (born June 12, 1954) was the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, but he resigned two months after the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference to join KPMG as its Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability and global ambassador. In 2011, Boer was appointed to chair the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Climate Change. Since April 2014, he is Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute.[1]


De Boer was born in Vienna on June 12, 1954. He holds a technical degree in social work from the Netherlands.[2] De Boer is married and has three children.[3]


De Boer has been involved in climate change policies since 1994, most notably helping to prepare the position of the European Union in the lead-up to the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol, assisting in the design of the internal burden sharing of the European Union and has since led delegations to the UNFCCC negotiations. He has sought broad stakeholder involvement on the issue of climate change. To that end, he launched an international dialogue on the Clean Development Mechanism and has partnered international discussions with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, aimed at increasing private sector involvement.

Prior to joining the UNFCCC, he was Director for International Affairs of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment of the Netherlands.[4] De Boer's work in climate change policy began in 1994, and took part in the Kyoto Protocol negotiations.[3] De Boer has also worked for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) earlier in his career.[5]

Boer was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 4 September 2006 to 1 July 2010 the body responsible for a multi-lateral response to the climate change challenge. He had been appointed by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 10 August 2006. De Boer announced on February 18, 2010 that he would resign from the position effective July 1, 2010 [6] to join accountancy firm KPMG as its Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability and global ambassador. Boer dismissed speculation that the events of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference were a factor in the resignation.[7] De Boer was succeeded as Executive Director of the UNFCC by Christiana Figueres on July 1, 2010.[8]

De Boer became as Fellow for the "International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development" at the University of Maastricht on July 1, 2010.[9] De Boer has served on numerous climate change policies related commissions including the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Clean Air Policy.[10]

Public perception[edit]

"Yvo de Boer's patient work helped produce the Copenhagen accord which contains commitments covering 80% of global emissions, something never previously achieved." - Ed Miliband, UK energy and climate change secretary[7]

De Boer's has been the subject of both praise and criticism for his policies; sometimes resulting in criticism for being not ambitious enough and, conversely, being too ambitious, surrounding global climate change.

De Boer was criticized for lacking sufficient ambition for a global climate change deal and for praising the commitments of the United States despite what some see as its spoiler role in international climate negotiations.[11] He was later criticized by several Parties as being too ambitious in pushing for such a deal. However, De Boer's success in the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference represented a major achievement and met with praise.[7]

De Boer, is a popular adviser and source of commentary on climate change, including the Warsaw talks.[12] De Boer's commentary on the 2015 Paris talks has been the subject of international interest.[13]


  1. ^ http://gggi.org/yvo-de-boer-appointed-to-head-gggi/
  2. ^ "Opening up the carbon nation". The University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Chicago, USA. September 20, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Yvo de Boer". UNFCCC. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Yvo de Boer Appointed New UNFCCC Executive Secretary". United Nations Environment Programme - Home Page United Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York". United Nations. August 10, 2006. 
  6. ^ NYT Editorial
  7. ^ a b c "Yvo de Boer steps down as UN climate chief to work for accountants KPMG". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  8. ^ unfccc
  9. ^ "Yvo de Boer". University of Maastricht. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "United Nations General Assembly - 61st session - President". United Nations. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "George Monbiot meets Yvo de Boer". The Guardian. December 8, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Former UN climate chief: 'Australia should send minister to Warsaw talks'". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Yvo de Boer: Europe looking for the climate future in the past". Euractiv. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 

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