Christina Figueres – UN Climate expert makes the impossible possible. Maybe even in terms of Donald Trump?

04. July 2017 – Katharina Schlangenotto

Impossible is not a fact, it’s an attitude, Christina Figueres once said, although at the time, she probably didn’t expect one the largest and most powerful nations to drop out of the Paris Climate Accord. But it has happended and, slightly perplexed, the world is watching a divided nation. She calls Trump’s decision a “nitwitted political drama”. But some US states and cities still want to keep to the rules set by the accord. They believe they can even surpass Barak Obama’s guidelines for the reduction of worldwide greenhouse emissions. But climate expert Christina Figueres feels that, at the time, it’s not possibile to take stock of their efforts, because the Paris climate accord was designed for countries, not for individual states and cities.

But there is hope, says Christina Figueres, born in Costa Rica and raised on politics.

Her father was president of Costa Rica three times. It’s impossible for a country to just drop out of the Paris cliate accord, so she said in an interview. Contracts need to be reviewed; that takes time. But with 35 years experience in politics, she doesn’t believe in a renegotiation.

In 2010, she was appointed Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. Her hobbyhorse is climate change, but she’s also involved with globalization, politics, biosciences and good leadership.

As international Top-Speaker, she talks about the challenges and solutions of globalisation, politics, life science and leadership, brining along 35 years of experience in high level national and international policy and multilateral negotiations. Openly, she shares her experience, achievements and challenges that she faced during her carreer.

Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís says about her that the United Nations and the world needed a Secretary-General who builds bridges and agreements, anticipates problems, listens and helps to resolve disputes. He also said that Christiana Figueres was exactly that person. In times of change, Christiana Figueres “proved to have the skills to help the UN face its responsibility of building peace, resilience and opportunity.” Christiana Figueres believes in collaboration and integration as the two ingredients for success and peaceful cooperation.

Also as a public speaker, she has that rare talent to inspire people and to make them believe that change is indeed possible. It feels good to meet someone who is so very convinced that it is worth to live up to our highest purpose and to believe in peace and a positive course oft he world. Against all odds.

In July, she has been appointed by Costa Rica’s President Solís for the position of United Nations Secretary-General. A decision on who will be the next UN Secretary General will be made by the end of 2016 by the UN General Assembly following a recommendation by the UN Security Council.

There are four priorities that she would, in case of her election, focus on:

1. Peaceful settlement of disputes and strengthening our crisis response capacity

2. Planting the seeds today to achieve a sustained peace tomorrow

3. Forging an inclusive model of multilateralism: collaborative diplomacy

4. Strengthening the United Nations

Make sure that you meet Christiana Figueres in person to bring home some of that enthusiasm, knowledge and experience not only about climate change and its consequences but also about tipps and to improve your own style of leadership.

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Christiana Figueres

Top UN Authority on Global Climate Change & Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - (2010 - 2016)