A global leader on climate change, Christiana Figueres led the negotiations for the historic Paris Agreement on behalf of the UN. Today, she continues to rally the world to choose a better future.
A household name in the climate movement of a stature comparable only to Greta Thunberg and Mary Robinson, Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010-2016. She led the negotiation of the Paris Accords, the unprecedented climate change agreement of 2015 that brought together corporations and governments, activists and institutions, think tanks and NGOs and set the world on the path to net zero.
Today she continues to fight to keep the world below 2 degrees of warming, cut greenhouse gas emissions in half, and protect and repair ecosystems. Christiana is an advocate for stubborn optimism: an attitude which rejects fatalism in the face of impending catastrophe and instead embraces the very real opportunity we have to forge a future in which humanity can not merely survive, but thrive. For Christiana and her team at Global Optimism, ‘impossible is not a fact, it is an attitude’. And attitudes are fully under our control.
Christiana joins us live in conversation with Paul Polman, who is himself a major figure for the climate movement. The former CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), and a major voice in the creation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Paul now works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality.
Don’t miss this chance to join Christiana and Paul as they present a bold and utterly necessary vision of our present and future.