Ex-UN climate chief to AP: Talks are rudderless

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DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Yvo de Boer says he left his job over a year ago in frustration as the U.N.’s top climate official, believing the process of negotiating a meaningful climate agreement was failing. His opinion hasn’t changed.

He told The Associated Press Sunday that he’s still deeply concerned about where the process is going, “or rather where it’s not going.”

For three years until 2010, the Dutch civil servant was the leading voice on global warming. He appeared constantly in public to advocate green policies, traveled endlessly for private meetings with top leaders and labored with negotiators seeking ways to finesse snags in drafting agreements.

But he said world leaders failed to give negotiators the needed political guidance and flexibility.