Christiana Figueres

Former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

What if every single façade that we have is turned into a power-generating area? We’re talking about a very exciting future. We should not look at climate as being exclusively a burden. Yes, we have to put ourselves on a diet. Yes, we have to be disciplined. But the benefit of actually addressing climate change is that we move into a very exciting, cool future. And isn’t that what we want?

Christiana Figueres has observed that women in developing countries are at the nexus of food, water, and energy. She is currently the convener of Mission 2020, a global initiative that seeks to ensure global action to minimize greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to protect the most vulnerable from the worst impacts of climate change. Figueres recently served as the Executive Secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Figueres has directed four consecutive successful Conferences of the Parties. She has a long trajectory in the field of global climate change, having been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team from 1995 to 2009, Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas, and founder of the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas.

Figueres has a master's degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University.

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Fire and Water: A Year of Climate Conversations

From fires and floods to hurricanes and hot temperatures, 2018 put climate on the front page in ways it hadn’t been before. Yet amidst the disruption, clean energy prices continued to fall, climate-conscious technologies continued to progress, and people living on the front lines of climate change found ways to adapt and thrive. Join us for a look back on some of our most memorable conversations of 2018.