Statement: Christiana Figueres Appointed to Head UNFCCC

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Christiana Figueres as the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

May 17, 2010

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change welcomes the appointment of Christiana Figueres as the new Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Through her many years of participation and leadership in the multilateral climate process, Ms. Figueres has demonstrated the expertise and commitment needed to lead the UNFCCC at this critical stage.  She understands the issues, the history, and the many interests at play.  These assets will be essential as she works with parties to strengthen confidence in the UNFCCC process, set realistic expectations going forward, and facilitate practical progress.  We look forward to continuing to work closely with Ms. Figueres as she assumes her new responsibilities.

Pew Center Contact: Katie Mandes, 703-516-4146