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 2006.
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 officer-in-charge.