United Nations (UN) climate chief Christiana Figueres plans to announce her candidacy for UN Secretary-General, E&E reports. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary, who helped to broker the historic Paris Agreement on climate change at COP21 last year, has not formally announced her interest, but multiple sources have confirmed that Figueres plans to make her announcement on July 7.
“She is definitely throwing her hat in the ring for secretary-general,” one person with direct knowledge of Figueres’s plans told E&E.
11 candidates are already openly vying for the position currently held by Ban Ki-moon, whose term ends in December. If elected to the position, Figueres could be expected to make climate change and the implementation of the Paris Agreement to be a major priority.
Under Figueres, the Paris Agreement has broken several records for the UN: the agreement was adopted by a record-breaking 195 countries in December, and signed by 175 countries on Earth Day — the most signatures to an international agreement on a single day in history.