The 100th Crowd Forum was a moment to thank the 300 speakers and 17,000 attendees who have contributed to a rolling conversation spanning nine years, and we were extremely privileged to mark this important milestone with Christiana Figueres.
Christiana has had an extraordinary impact on the global climate agenda. Inheriting the leadership role for the UN climate agreement process in 2010, her infectious optimism was instrumental in 194 heads of state signing and ratifying the Paris Agreement. It was the first time climate talks had ended in agreement.
Christiana is now engaged in a series of high-level roles, including as a Climate Leader with the World Bank and Vice Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors, and focusing all her efforts on accelerating action on climate change in order to bend the curve of emissions by 2020. Christiana provided an insight into her work, talked about why 2020 is so important, and challenged the audience to come together in radical collaboration to ensure the temperature limits outlined in the Paris Agreement are not breached. Christiana was interviewed by Axel Threlfall, where they explored the role business can play, how the climate agenda can prevail in a world of shifting priorities and where the breakthrough solutions are emerging.
Christiana Figueres is a world authority on global climate change and was the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010-2016. Ms. Figueres is currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, ClimateWorks Board Member, World Bank Climate Leader and Mission2020 Convenor. During her tenure at the UNFCCC Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub- national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to below 2C. The agreement entered into force in less than a year, breaking the record of the UN. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy. In addition to her remarkable diplomatic achievements over the past 20 years, she served as Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA), which she directed for eight years.
Axel Threlfall is Editor-at-Large, Reuters, based in London. He hosts high-profile engagements and thought leadership events for and on behalf of Reuters and Thomson Reuters, such as the Newsmaker series and the World Economic Forum news show in Davos. He was previously Lead European Anchor for Reuters Digital Video. Prior to joining Reuters, Axel spent four years as an anchor for CNBC in London. Before that, he was an editor with The Wall Street Journal in New York and a news reporter for Bloomberg in London. He has also advised businesses and NGOs on their dealings with the international media. Axel is frequently asked to moderate events for international organizations, including the United Nations and the OECD. He has a BA in History from Durham University and a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University, London.
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