Christiana Figueres

Costa Rica  |  Founding Partner, Global Optimism

Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

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Christiana Figueres is currently the founding partner of Global Optimism, the convener for Mission2020, and the vice-chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. Additionally, she was a diplomat and served as executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 to 2016. She has served as director of international cooperation for the Ministry of Planning; chief of staff to the minister of agriculture; and director of the Technical Secretariat of the Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) program of the OAS.

Figueres founded the Center for Sustainable Development in the Americas, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the participation of Latin American countries in the Climate Change Convention. Figueres has represented Costa Rica as a negotiator of the UN Convention on Climate Change and has provided critical international strategy for achieving developing country support and approval of the Kyoto Protocol and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).


Figueres joined the Dialogue as a Member in 1995.

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Member in the News: Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres was awarded the honorary title of “Dame of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. 

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Member in the News: Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, will be receiving an honorary degree from Smith College in Massachusetts. 

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Members in the News: Rebeca Grynspan, Susana Malcorra & Christiana Figueres

On April 9, members of the “Group of Women Leaders, Voices for Change and Inclusion” called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to address the Covid-19 crisis in an electronically signed letter. Amongst the notable signatories are Dialogue members Christiana Figueres, Rebeca Grynspan, and Susana Malcorra.