Christiana Figueres was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010-2016. 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.
“An internationally recognised leader on the global climate change field”
Ms. Figueres has been widely recognised for having delivered a legally binding agreement that had seemed impossible for over two decades. Recognitions include the Ewald von Kleist Award, Grand Medal of the City of Paris, first on the list of 2015 Top 10 by the Nature Journal of Science, the 2015 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine, Hero of 2015-The Guardian Medal of Honour, 2015 Hero of El País newspaper, and 2016 Solar Champion Award from Vote Solar. She has a long trajectory in the field of global climate change, having been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team 1995- 2009, and having played a number of key roles in the governance of the UNFCCC before formally joining the secretariat.
Ms Figueres talks about the risks posed by global climate change and the opportunities that are available to investors, companies and countries in investing in a low carbon future. In her highly informative presentations she systematically examines today’s most important global crises issues and offers sustainable solutions. Her message is as simple as it is important.
Encounters with Christiana Figueres can occur in a variety of formats adapted to suit your unique requirements – from one hour keynote lecture to more interactive workshops.