Christiana Figueres – Facing the Climate Crisis | How To Academy


Mon, 11 March 2024

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm GMT

Christiana Figueres – Facing the Climate Crisis

Live In Conversation with Paul Polman

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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.

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Christiana Figueres

Diplomat and Climate Leader

Christiana Figueres is a Founding Partner of Global Optimism, co-presenter of climate podcast, Outrage + Optimism, and co-author of The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis. From 2010 to 2016 she was Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, leading the process that secured the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Paul Polman

Business leader, campaigner, co-author of Net Positive

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, delivering shareholder returns of 290% while the company consistently ranked 1st in the world for sustainability. Today he works across a range of organisations to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which he helped develop.