Christiana Figueres: It’s Time For A Woman To Lead The United Nations

Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Wikipedia

TN Note: At this point in the global march toward Technocracy, Christiana Figueres would be the logical choice to head the United Nations. She has already demonstrated her finesse at brokering global agreements on climate change, and actions speak louder than words. She protests that she has no plans for the job, but the Council on Foreign Relations says she is among the “women to watch” for the secretary-general position. 

The United Nations’ lead official on climate change says the next UN leader should be a woman, but she has no plans to seek the job.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, says a female candidate should succeed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he finishes his second term this year.

But when asked whether she could be that woman, the 59-year-old Costa Rican diplomat told The Associated Press on Monday that it was “not within my plans.”

Figueres’ role in shaping last year’s long-awaited Paris Agreement to fight climate change has raised her international profile.

Four men and three other women so far have been nominated for the post. Although the UN nomination system observes no fixed rule, many diplomats take the view that it’s Eastern Europe’s turn to receive the top post under an informal rotation system. Six of the existing candidates are from Eastern Europe.

Figueres says she hasn’t decided what to do after she leaves her job in July after six years in charge.

The Council on Foreign Relations, a US think tank, listed Figueres among its “women to watch” in the race for secretary-general, while Vogue magazine called her “one of the most promising” potential candidates.

Jean Krasno, a City College of New York professor who oversees a campaign to elect a woman as the next UN leader, described Figueres as “exactly the kind of secretary-general that we need, (someone) who can broker global agreements”.

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1 Comment on "Christiana Figueres: It’s Time For A Woman To Lead The United Nations"

  1. Christiana Figueres, Feb. 2015:
    “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history”, Ms Figueres stated at a press conference in Brussels.

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution. That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change, be it COP 15, 21, 40 – you choose the number. It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.”

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