Power of Community Summit

Feb 1-10, 2019

Christiana Figueres

International leader on global climate change
Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres stellar career in international climate change negotiations saw a peak at the Paris Agreement in 2015, after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009. Christiane speaks about staying optimistic in face of the gap between agreements and their implementation, about collaborative diplomacy and building trust, and gives us some colours from her native Costa Rica, and the incredible inspiration this small country is.

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  • Intro
  • The drive to become UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary
  • Collaborative diplomacy and building trust
  • Historical and shared future responsibilities
  • Costa Rica's vision
  • Keeping up with optimism
  • The transformation of the economy is underway
  • The power of civil society toward a regenerative culture
  • The role of the Ecovillage movement
Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010-2016. She is Founding Partner of Global Optimism and convenor of Mission 2020, a global initiative that seeks to ensure the world curbs greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to protect the most vulnerable from the worst impacts of climate change and usher in an era of stability and prosperity.


Global Optimism

UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change

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  • Ngun Kam

    Thank you very much for your conversation with regard to global climate change. It is significantly inspiring and gives me additional knowledge regarding a climatic condition across the globe.

  • Christiana is a true inspiration. The role she played in the Paris Agreement in terms of standing clear and true to her purpose was, I’m sure, a galvanising magnet for those who, like her, rose to the occasion and achieved unprecedented agreement among nations where climate change is concerned. Her abiding faith in ‘the process’ of subsequent transformation is reassuring to those of us unable to dispel our doubts. Though this process is unquestionably ‘messy’, it’s also essentially up to all of us to persevere with it if we’re going to make it happen.

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