UN Environment Chief 'Climate Policy is Neither Futile Nor Defeated'

Achim Steiner, 50, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, speaks to SPIEGEL about the current state of global climate negotiations ahead of the UN conference in Durban, South Africa. If the world can afford billions in bank bailouts, it can also subsidize climate protection to ensure a better future, he argues.
UN Environment Program head Achim Steiner says climate change policymaking is still in its infancy.

UN Environment Program head Achim Steiner says climate change policymaking is still in its infancy.

Foto: TONY KARUMBA/ AFP
Interview conducted by Christian Schwägerl