Executive Secretary, UNFCCC (2010-2016)
The economics and politics of climate change
Diplomacy and negotiation
Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognised leader on global climate change.
She was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-2016. Assuming responsibility for the international climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009, she was determined to lead the process to a universally agreed regulatory framework. Building toward that goal, she directed the successful Conferences of the Parties in Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, Doha 2012, Warsaw 2013, and Lima 2014, and culminated her efforts in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015.
Throughout her tenure, Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the unprecedented climate change agreement. Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy through her work.
She is currently the convener of Mission 2020, a global initiative that seeks to ensure the world bends the curve on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 in order to protect the most vulnerable from the worst impacts of climate change and usher in an era of stability and prosperity.
A world renowned diplomat and campaigner, Ms. Figueres is at the forefront of the global movement to bring climate change under control before it’s too late.
An extremely charismatic and compelling speaker, she brilliantly articulates the political and economic challenges we must overcome if we are to avoid catastrophic damage to our environment and civilisation.