Yvo De Boer & Connie Hedegaard Discuss the UN's role in Climate Policy

Livsstil og trends | 10. oktober 2011

Yvo de Boer is responsible for thought leadership on strategy development, driving the development of KPMG?s Sustainability Service and acting as KPMG?s global ambassador. Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. de Boer was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), the body responsible for a multi-lateral response to the climate change challenge.

He has helped to prepare the position of the European Union in the lead-up to the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol, assisted in the design of the internal burden sharing of the European Union and has since led delegations to the UNFCCC negotiations. He has actively 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.

Mr. de Boer has served as Vice-President of the Conference of Parties to UNFCCC and as Vice-Chair of the Commission on Sustainable Development.

Connie Hedegaard had already been working with climate issues for several years by the time she began her appointment as the EU's first ever Commissioner for Climate Action in February 2010. In August 2004 she was appointed as Danish Minister for the Environment and in 2007 she was in charge of setting up the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, where one of the main tasks was to prepare the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. Besides her political career, Connie Hedegaard has had a long career in journalism. In 1998 she became head of the news bulletin service Radioavisen at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, after which she hosted the current affairs program Deadline on the television channel DR2. Ms Hedegaard has received various prizes for her involvement in and contributions to social debate, due in great part to her wide-ranging activities as a lecturer and author.

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