Retiring UN Climate Secretary Christiana Figueres announced last week that she’s in the running for the position of United Nations Secretary-General.
“If Figueres gets the job, it could signal a bigger emphasis in the United Nations on climate action, in addition to the traditional focus on peace and security,” Grist reports. “Even if she isn’t chosen, it’s that kind of gravitas that could push other contenders for the world’s top diplomatic position to address a changing climate.”
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“If the next secretary-general does not prioritize climate change, the world will lose a person who can regularly remind government…about their opportunities and their responsibilities for ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement,” said János Pásztor, climate advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose term runs through the end of the year.