Christiana Figueres is one of the most recognized personalities in the world on climate change issues. In 2016, she was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Christiana Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on May 17, 2010, and was re-elected for a second three-year term. years in July 2013. His decision to apply for this position defines his personality, since he had to take the reins of the negotiation on climate change after the failure harvested by the Copenhagen conference (2009).
Since then it has always been determined to steer the process towards a universally agreed regulatory framework. Working toward that goal, she led the successful Conferences of the Parties in Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, Doha 2012, Warsaw 2013, and Lima 2014 and culminated her efforts in the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement represented the first time in history in which 196 countries (companies, NGOs and governments) unanimously adopted a series of measures to combat climate change, understanding the need to go without fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas), causing global warming of the planet.
Since then, Christiana Figueres has continued to accelerate the global response to climate change. Together with Tom Carnac, she founded Global Optimism Ltd., a purpose-driven company focused on social and environmental change, under which various initiatives are run, including the Outrage and Optimism podcast.
Also, 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.
In addition, Christiana Figueres is Vice President of the Global Compact of Mayors, Leader on Climate Change for the World Bank and a member of the Council of Climate Works and the World Resources Institute, among others.