UN’s former climate change chief, who was a key architect of the Paris climate agreement, joins long list of candidates to succeed Ban Ki-moon
One of the chief architects of the global accord on climate change signed last year in Paris has been nominated for the post of secretary general of the United Nations.
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC), won plaudits from around the world at the successful conclusion of the Paris talks in December. The summit saw all of the world’s nations agree for the first time to a binding commitment to avoid dangerous levels of global warming.
She served as the UN’s climate chief from 2010, after the much-derided Copenhagen conference on climate change in 2009, until 1 July this year. She will be succeeded in that post by Patricia Espinosa, currently Mexico’s ambassador to Germany.
Figueres joins a long list of candidates for the post of secretary general of the UN, currently held by the South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon, who has also made climate change a key priority of his premiership.