Christiana Figueres at
Royal Society of Arts

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Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gave a keynote speech on Monday 21 October at the Royal Society of Arts in London. The well attended event had women from all over Europe coming to hear Ms Figueres.

Ms. Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010, and in 2013 was reappointed for a second three year term. She initiated her life of public service as Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Bonn, Germany in 1982. Moving to the USA, she was Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA) which she directed for eight years. She designed and helped to establish national climate change programs in Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, becoming a prime promoter of Latin America’s active participation in the Climate Change Convention. She served as high level advisor to both governments and private companies.

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The world is at a turning point, now is the time to redouble efforts and take action to address climate change and we should be looking to women in industry to lead our efforts. The Hawthorn Club provides an inspirational gathering of some of the best and brightest female leaders in the energy field.

-Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)