24 - 27 March 2013 Viaduct Events Centre Auckland NZ


Christiana Figueres

Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Christiana Figueres was appointed as the new Executive Secretary of UNFCCC by UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon on 17 May 2010. The appointment was endorsed by the Bureau of the Convention. Ms Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations since 1995.

She was a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team and represented Latin America and the Caribbean on the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism in 2007, before being elected Vice President of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties 2008-2009. In 1995 she founded the Centre for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA), a non-profit think tank for climate change policy and capacity-building which she directed until 2003.

From 1994-1996 she served as Director of the Technical Secretariat, Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA).