Christiana Figueres is Featured in the Latest Issue of the Christian Science Monitor
September 25, 2014  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

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The Christian Science Monitor Weekly just published a 7-page piece about Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The article, written by Clara Germani, emphasizes Figueres’ leadership since taking over the climate negotiations in 2010, and portrays her unrelenting efforts to engage with and include a broad range of stakeholders in the conversation, most notably  the coal industry.

Germani also talks about Figueres’ family, background and her involvement with environmental issues at an early age. Following childhood photos and a detailed account of the Secretary’s life before joining the UNFCCC, Germani focuses on the challenges of climate negotiations and writes that “Whether the treaty squeaks by or not, it’s hard to see Figueres – whose second term as climate chief ends in 2016 – giving up the global warming fight, which she says is not a job but “(her) purpose in life.”

The interview with the Christian Science Monitor Weekly took place around the time with Figueres’ visit to the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she was the Commencement speaker and received an honorary degree. This was her second visit to the University, the first being her Slomoff Lecture in 2013. On that occasion, Figueres also led a conversation with the Center for Governance and Sustainability Team in the morning, a rare occasion for team-members to gain her insights on topics relevant to the Center’s research.

 

 

 

About the Author :

Gabriela Bueno is a PhD student in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a research associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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