WECF Deutschland

WECF France

WECF Nederland




Christiana Figueres Appointed New UNFCCC Executive Secretary

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Christiana Figueres as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat based in Bonn, Germany

17.05.2010 |UNFCCC Press Release

(Bonn, 17 May 2010) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed
Christiana Figueres as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat based in Bonn, Germany. The appointment was endorsed by the Bureau of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Monday.
In announcing her appointment the UN Secretary-General said: “Ms. Figueres is an international leader on strategies to address global climate change and brings to this position a passion for the issue, deep knowledge of the stakeholders and valuable hands-on experience with the public sector, non-profit sector and private sector.”
Ms. Figueres’ leadership at the helm of the UNFCCC comes at a crucial time in global efforts to take effective action on climate change.
"I am honored by the designation of the Secretary General and I am thankful to the members of the UNFCCC Bureau for their vote of confidence. Most of all, I am humbled by the opportunity of the challenging task at hand,” said Ms. Figueres.
"As I take on my new responsibilities at the helm of the secretariat, I will have two immediate priorities:  to work with the Secretary General to strengthen trust in the process, and to support the Danish and Mexican COP Presidencies as well as all other Parties in the preparation of a successful COP16 in Cancun," she added.
Ms Figueres has been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team since 1995. She represented Latin America and the Caribbean on the Executive
Board of the Clean Development Mechanism in 2007, and was then elected Vice President of the Conference of the Parties 2008-2009.
She has served as Director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Planning in Costa Rica, and as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture. She was also the Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and is founder of the Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA).
Outgoing UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said: “I have known Christiana Figueres for many years and can testify to her deep commitment and work to establish the robust and effective international climate regime that is the only way for all nations to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. She is familiar with the different interests a successful outcome of negotiations must address and can help stakeholders to find common ground. I wish her every success.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in turn commended Yvo de Boer:“I am grateful for his dedicated services and tireless efforts on behalf of the climate change agenda,” he said.
Ms. Figueres, 53, holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University.

Related News

Women2030 partners re-elected as operational partners for Women's Major Group
Our Executive Director Sascha Gabizon has been re-elected as Organizing Partner for the Women's Major Group Europe/Central Asia region (UNECE)

Vote in the Women’s Major Group elections!
Our Executive Director Sascha Gabizon is running for regional Organising Partner of European, Caucasus and Central Asian region (UNECE).

UN elects their 9th male Secretary General - do women need to grow a moustache to have leadership position at the UN?
Statement by members of the Women’s Major Group on the appointment of the new Secretary General of the United Nations. The Women’s Major Group of the UN Agenda-2030 process (WMG), has received the announcement of the nomination of Mr Antonio Guterres as new Secretary General, with mixed feelings.

From Sustainability Talk to Policy Walk Conference
Brief Report from EEB Board Meeting, Annual General Meeting and Annual Conference from 25 to 27 September 2016 in Bratislava, Vienna and Hainburg a.d. Donau

International Symposium WECF France on the impact of early life exposure to toxic chemicals
Mobilising public authorities, perinatal professionals and civil society on primary prevention and the importance of environmental health issues in health practices