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Yvo de Boer

"Sustainability is high on the agenda of investors, companies and governments alike. This demands new partnerships that foster strong economic growth, while respecting the need to protect the environment. Although it is the role of governments to provide the necessary policy frameworks, I have always maintained that business will deliver the necessary innovation and solutions, providing the right conditions are created."
Mr. de Boer has been involved in climate change policies since 1994. He was appointed the Executive Secretary of the UNFCC (United Nation’s Framework on Climate Change) in August 2006 and has led the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat since then. Before that he was extensively involved in European Union environmental policy as deputy Director General of the Dutch Environment Ministry. Mr. de Boer has also served as Vice-chair of the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, acted as an advisor to the Government of China and the World Bank and worked closely with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development.
During the last Dutch Presidency of the EU he led a special project under the title “a clean, clever and competitive Europe”, to explore new directions in economic growth. He will be leaving the United Nations on 1 July 2010 to join international consulting group KPMG as global adviser on climate and sustainability.