Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, has devoted her career to public service.
A native of Costa Rica, Figueres first participated in United Nations climate change negotiations in 1995. She has since directed four consecutive Conferences of the Parties, the convention’s supreme body, and now oversees the intergovernmental negotiations to deliver the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change.
Figueres founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas in 1995; she has designed and helped establish national climate change programs throughout Latin America. She works extensively with governments and non-governmental organizations, as well as frequently acting as an advisor in the private sector.
Christiana Figueres addresses Concordia’s Faculty of Arts and Science via taped message at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8.