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De Boer said more time was needed to establish a framework of mitigation steps, along with financial and climate change aid that can convince developing countries to support a new deal.United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He said the focus should shift toward reaching an agreement at a summit next year in South Africa before the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.
"It's very close to the deadline and that's a problem," de Boer said.
"The first priority is to rebuild confidence and trust in the process," he said, adding that developing countries need to be convinced that "there are incentives that will allow them to act on climate change but also meet national economic development goals."
"If you can't show that there are real advantages, then it will never happen," he said.
The 2011 COP 17 is to be hosted by South Africa from 28 November to 9 December 2011.Flashback: BBC News - Yvo de Boer resigns as top UN climate official
"We were about an inch away from a formal agreement. It was basically in our grasp, but it didn't happen... so that was a pity," he said.