Yvo de Boer, the departing executive secretary of the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has had a
distinguished career advising government and the private sector on
climate change. The International Accounting Bulletin
takes a look at his career prior to joining KPMG.
Yvo de Boer was officially named as KPMG global adviser on
climate change and sustainability on 18 February 2010. He will
begin his new role in July 2010.
Previously, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
appointed de Boer as executive secretary of the UNFCCC on 10 August
De Boer served as vice-president of the Conference of Parties to
UNFCCC and as vice-chair of the Commission on Sustainable
Development. At the time of his appointment, he was a member of the
China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and
Development, the Bureau of the Environment Policy Committee of the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Advisory
Group of the Community Development Carbon Fund of the World Bank
and the Board of Directors of the Centre for Clean Air Policy.
Before joining the UNFCCC, de Boer was director for
international affairs of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning
and Environment of the Netherlands, responsible for international
policy, both in the context of the European Union, as well as
broader international cooperation.
He has also served as deputy director-feneral for Environmental
Protection in the same Ministry, as head of the Climate Change
Department and has worked in the fields of housing and public
information. Early in his career, de Boer worked for the United
Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT).
Born in Vienna, de Boer is married and has three children.
As the son of a Dutch diplomat, he travelled the world extensively
before entering boarding school in the United Kingdom and obtaining
a technical degree in social work in the Netherlands.
De Boer succeeds the late Joke Waller-Hunter, also from the
Netherlands. She was appointed to the position in 2002 and died in
October 2005 at the age of 58. Between October 2005 and September
2006, Richard Kinley led the Climate Change Secretariat as