Meet Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen, an internationally recognised leader on global climate change and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Christiana Figueres
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About Christiana

Christiana is best known for her role as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-2016.

What is Christiana doing to regenerate the planet?

Assuming responsibility for the international climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009, Christiana was determined to lead the process to a universally agreed regulatory framework. Her efforts culminated in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015. Throughout her time with the UN Christiana 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. For this incredible achievement she has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.

Since then Christiana 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".

Actions you can take to engage with her work:

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