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Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is Costa Rican diplomat. Her father was three-times president of Costa Rica, very famous and respected politician from whom she learned a lot. She was appointed executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2010. Figueres had been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team since 1995, involved in both UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol negotiations. She has contributed to the design of key climate change instruments and been widely respected as a public speaker and an author.
In this interview given to CNN two days ago, Figueres acknowledged the good will that is spreading worldwide after the Copenhagen summit but also the change of the approach in global powers policies. The main difference today, according to her, is that leaders are starting to see how beneficial adjustments to climate change can be to their economies and their countries' interests. She also showed understanding to coalition against agreement lead by India and their ambitious industrial plans underlining their right to have an industrial revolution the same way West had it. Solution lays in cooperation and mutual understanding, and the best outcome of COP would be a legally binding agreement of all countries, the agreement that would protect the most vulnerable and accelerate all the benefits that adjusting to climate change can bring to everyone.
Check out our the full video with Christiana Figueres above: