Helped Deliver Paris Agreement During Tenure at UN
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Christiana Figueres, who helped deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change during her tenure as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will present this year’s opening keynote at the 2020 Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place virtually, November 15-19.
During her tenure at the UNFCCC from 2010 to 2016, Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Under the terms of the agreement, 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to well below 2°C, and strive for 1.5°C, in order to protect the most vulnerable. For this achievement, Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy and received multiple awards.
Since then she has continued to accelerate the global response to climate change. Today, she is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast “Outrage & Optimism” and is the co-author of the recently published book, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis.
Ms. Figueres lives in Costa Rica, sits on multiple executive and advisory boards, and is a frequent public speaker and media commentator. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.