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Figueres debates secretary-general rivals

Former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres last night cast herself as the candidate for U.N. secretary-general with the best proven track record of bridging divides and ending international stalemates.

At a debate at U.N. headquarters in New York featuring some of the world's top diplomats, Figueres reminded her General Assembly audience that in Paris last December, she helped to broker the most sweeping global agreement in a decade.


Figueres' rivals for secretary-general ring in on climate change

Former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres isn't the only contender for secretary-general who has already made climate change a central theme of her vision for the United Nations' future.

The Costa Rican diplomat and Paris climate deal architect last week joined the 11 candidates already angling for the United Nations' top job, using her role in brokering a global agreement among 195 countries as a calling card.


Christiana Figueres enters race to lead the U.N.

Former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres today formally steps into the race to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations.

Figueres' candidacy, first reported by E&E and announced two days after she stepped down from leadership of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, makes her the 12th contender to replace Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he departs at the end of the year. Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo SolĂ­s will file a letter nominating Figueres today, her office confirmed.


Figueres recalls 'truly amazing journey' to Paris as she plans for future

Christiana Figueres stepped down yesterday as head of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, clearing the path for an announcement, expected as early as today, that she will enter the race for the United Nations' top job.

Figueres, who was a chief architect of last year's landmark Paris Agreement, marked her departure by thanking the climate change community on Twitter and in a farewell message for contributing to its success.

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases.



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