Views and debates on climate change policy
Home | Panelists | Staff Blog | RSS

Post Carbon

U.N. climate candidate raises eyebrows

By Juliet Eilperin

The final list of candidates to run the United Nation's climate negotiations is in, and there's one surprise: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's top climate aide, Janos Pasztor.

Six candidates are in the running to replace U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Yvo de Boer, and before the March 31 filing deadline, the conventional wisdom indicating all the nominees would hail from the developing world.

That description applies to five of the candidates: Marthinus van Schalwyck from South Africa, Vijai Sharma from India, Maria Fernanda Espinoza from Ecuador, Tariq Banuri from Pakistan and Christiana Figueres from Costa Rica. But Pasztor, who heads the Secretary General's Climate Change Support Team, hails from Hungary.

In an interview, Figueres said Pasztor's candidacy "is surprising to all of us." She added that in addition to not being from a developing country -- the office has been occupied by a representative from the industrialized world for three straight terms -- "He wrote the terms of reference for the job."

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said that when it comes to Pasztor's nomination, the Secretary General's office is "aware of the questions that would raise," but added Pasztor's office does not play a role in the selection process.

"We're going to deal with that transparently, in a way that maintains the credibility of the process," Haq said.

By

Juliet Eilperin

 |  April 8, 2010; 10:55 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
Previous: Last-minute growth spurt in Arctic sea ice | Next: U.N. climate talks intensify

Comments

Please report offensive comments below.



Idiots

Posted by: samuellenn | April 15, 2010 6:40 PM
Report Offensive Comment

My guess is that Janos has the inside track. There is still a lot of money to be made by exploiting the IPCC paper generating process, lots of insider knowledge to be gained to take advantage of cap and trade credits and other forms of carbon tax, and the top people at the UN will want to keep it all in the family.

When you hear them talking about transparency, what they mean is that the deals will be made in the back rooms where they allocate shares of money and influence, then the results will be transparently announced in front of a bunch of smiling insiders.

Posted by: AGWsceptic99 | April 8, 2010 4:30 PM
Report Offensive Comment

Oh by all means appoint someone from a "developing" country.

They are all baying for tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars more from "developed" countries on top of what they already receive.

It's the UN way.

Posted by: spamsux1 | April 8, 2010 12:31 PM
Report Offensive Comment

Oh by all means appoint someone from a "developing" country.

They are all baying for tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars more from "developed" countries on top of what they already receive.

It's the UN way.

Posted by: spamsux1 | April 8, 2010 12:29 PM
Report Offensive Comment

Post a Comment


 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company