Figueres named as new UN climate chief

18 05 2010

Christiana Figueres has been appointed as the new UN climate chief. Ban Ki-moon yesterday named Figueres, from Costa Rica, as the successor to Yvo de Boer.

Climate groups such as the WWF Global Climate Initiative welcome the appointment. Kim Carstensen said:

Figueres will bring forward her experience with government, business, and civil society and at the same time the perspective of a developing country government. Her background should allow her to foster trust between countries and to push for an ambitious climate deal.”

Greenpeace International climate policy coordinator, Wendel Trio said:

Christiana Figueres has been lead negotiator for a country that aims to become carbon-neutral by 2021, the type of attitude we need on the global stage. We hope she can really engage all countries in a fast-moving dialogue to get agreement on a global deal that will save the world from dangerous climate change.

Source: UN.org.

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To be Frank

23 02 2010

Green commentators have been decidedly downbeat since the resignation of Yvo ‘KPMG’ de Boer last week.

All in all, the next few months look grim. There is now no serious prospect of Obama getting legislation through the Senate, this year, or possibly ever. Following the sustained attack by climate deniers on both individual scientists and the IPCC, public confidence in climate change as an urgent issue is also steadily eroding, further reducing the room for manoeuvre by politicians. The next round of intermediate negotiations, due to start in Bonn on 31 May, look set to take place in a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness and rancour. Source: Mark Lynas, Guardian.

Ed Miliband, the UK’s influential Energy and Climate Change Secretary, released a statement soon after hearing of de Boer’s resignation: 

We must quickly find a suitable successor, who can oversee the negotiations and reform the UNFCCC to ensure it is up to the massive task of dealing with what are some of the most complex negotiations ever.

Meanwhile the head of Greenpeace International’s political and business unit, Wendel Trio, claimed DeBoer’s successor needs to be a ‘superman’.

The NYTimes editorial on Climate Change and de Boer’s resignation offers a welcome glimmer of hope amidst the prevailing mood of pessimism.