Christiana Figueres: The inside story of the Paris climate agreement
Christiana Figueres - Climate advocate
Christiana Figueres is the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), who led the recent COP 21 climate talks in Paris. Full bio
but here is the fact.
you know how difficult that is --
of the global economy
just a few years ago.
toward a climate agreement,
convened in Copenhagen
of the deeply entrenched divide
North and the global South.
to assume the responsibility
to start this new job.
was in the trash can.
could ever be possible.
outside of this wonderful TED audience,
buried by history.
is ever going to be possible?"
I heard me utter,
the faces of my press team
at this crazy Costa Rican woman
because I'm kind of used to myself.
of what I had just said,
are going to have to live.
that I was going to change my attitude
change its attitude on climate change.
your job is to save the planet.
in every decision that they take.
on the first Monday morning,
how we're going to solve this problem.
how we're going to solve this problem,
the tone of this conversation.
you can deliver victory
in its broader sense.
that we humans can come together
to better the fate of mankind.
that I thought that without that,
to get out of the paralysis of Copenhagen.
injected optimism into the system,
from the press --
to the contrary.
a lot of contrary evidence.
happening in many areas,
will not be surprised
and increase in capacity,
we are already building
to power entire cities,
of what we are doing on mobility
in the economic equation,
huge costs to climate change,
of the clean technologies
more livable cities,
to the developing world.
than what we have now.
in fact, part of you were,
first through nonnational governments,
this actually can be in their interest.
improve their bottom line.
of a major, major oil and gas company
he was going to change his company,
in long-term viability.
in the economic equation,
support from everyone,
before we saw that national governments
that this is in their national interest.
to begin to identify
to global efforts
comprehensive climate change plans,
sustainable development plans.
the core interests of nations,
that nations were ready
probably several decades,
is going to take us
highly resilient economy,
that are currently on the table
to a stabilized climate,
and verification of all of those efforts
going to have every five years
towards our goal are legally binding,
a decarbonized and more resilient economy
largely perceived as a burden.
contributing with different intensities
in different sectors,
contributing to a common goal
were able to go to Paris
the euphoria in the room.
at what they had just seen,
and this was finally their reality.
who had participated directly.
to give to his wonderful wife Natasha.
what he was going to buy,
that you're buying this now,
very soon because of climate change."
have just come to a decision,
that we have a lot of work still to do.
our work on climate change.
that we redouble our efforts
that are the urgent five years.
By injecting transformational optimism
from confrontation to collaboration,
that national and local interests
with global needs,
we can bring them together
to other global issues
our attention this century --
home security, forced migration --
those problems yet.
out of what we have done on climate change
the zero-sum mentality.
that there always are winners and losers,
just so interconnected,
interdependent on each other,
between zero benefit for all
About the speaker:Christiana Figueres - Climate advocate
Christiana Figueres is the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), who led the recent COP 21 climate talks in Paris.
Why you should listen
Christiana Figueres has been the executive secretary of the UNFCCC since July 2010. She has directed five consecutive successful Conferences of the Parties, and is now charged with the intergovernmental process to deliver the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change.
Figueres has a long trajectory in the field of global climate change, having been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team 1995- 2009, and having played a number of key roles in the governance of the UNFCCC before formally joining the secretariat. 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 nonprofit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA) which she directed for eight years. She designed and helped to establish national climate change programs throughout Latin America and served as high level advisor to both governments and private companies. In 2001 she received the Hero for the Planet Award from National Geographic.
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