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UCL ISR Public Lecture: Can the international climate policy impasse be broken?

18:00 - 20:00 02 December 2013

Location: Chandler G10 Lecture Theatre 2 Wakefield Street WC1N


Yvo de Boer: KPMG’s Special Global Advisor, Climate Change & Sustainability (CC&S)

Abstract: In 2015 nations are expected to reach agreement on a global response to climate change. If they succeed, we have some chance of limiting average global temperature increase to 2 degrees Centigrade. If they fail that goal will probably slip beyond our grasp and the international negotiating process could loose all credibility.

Biography: Yvo de Boer is KPMG’s Special Global Advisor, Climate Change & Sustainability (CC&S). In this role, he heads KPMG’s international network of climate change and sustainability consulting businesses, which comprises several hundred sustainability professionals in over 60 countries.

As well as leading KPMG’s CC&S agenda Yvo advises corporate leaders on the impacts of rapid environmental, social and political change and how their businesses should respond in order to grasp opportunities and manage risks.

He is also focused on exploring on how notions of corporate value are evolving to take account of a corporation’s social and environmental performance as well as financial performance. Before joining KPMG in 2010, Yvo led the international process to respond to climate change in the role of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) from 2006 to 2010.

During his tenure he raised the issue of climate change to the highest levels of political and media attention. He brought over 100 world leaders to Copenhagen for the international climate negotiations in December 2009 and secured commitments from over 90 countries to reduce greenhouse emissions.

Throughout his career, Yvo has focused on the economics of climate and sustainability to help policy makers and the business community understand the consequences of acting, or failing to act, in economic terms.

Prior to his UN role, Yvo was extensively involved in European Union environmental policy as deputy Director General of the Dutch Environment Ministry. He also served as vice-chair of the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, and acted as an advisor to the Government of China and the World Bank. In 2011 he was appointed to chair the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change.

The talk will start promptly at 6.00pm and will be followed by Q & A session and a networking reception with drinks and nibbles.