Former UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres Pitching for the Top Job

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, at the COP17 in Durban, South Africa, author UNClimateChange, source Wikimedia
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, at the COP17 in Durban, South Africa, author UNClimateChange, source Wikimedia

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The UN is looking for a replacement for retiring UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and Christiana Figueres, who is credited with re-invigorating the global climate process in the wake of the Copenhagen disaster, is a top contender for the job.

Christiana Figueres, the UN official who helped steer the Paris climate change accord to success in December, has entered the race to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the organisation’s next secretary-general.

Ms Figueres, daughter of a three-time Costa Rican president, joins a large field of contenders for a post tipped to go to a woman for the first time in the UN’s 71-year history.

A colourful diplomat known for speaking her mind, she vowed to deliver a new model of “collaborative diplomacy” and the organisational reform that has been a hallmark of her time running the UN’s climate change secretariat in Bonn over the past six years.

“There is a prevalent feeling that the UN has stagnated, operates excessively in silos and is not fit for purpose,” she said in a “vision statement” supporting her bid.

Eleven people have already thrown their hat into the ring, including Helen Clark, one of New Zealand’s longest serving prime ministers, and Irina Bokova, a Bulgarian who heads the UN agency Unesco.

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Christiana’s official vision statement;


The objective of the United Nations is to provide the architecture through which countries can address their common problems, peacefully resolve their disputes and support each other in building strong, prosperous and just societies. This is the foundation of international peace and security. Much has been achieved by this unique institution over the past 70 years, thanks to the dedication of its Member States and the commitment of its staff worldwide.

The question before us now is how to address the exigencies of a future so mired in complexity. In the face of rampant injustices, abuses, unrest and conflicts with increasing ramifications, there is understandable despair. But given the stakes, failure to address these challenges is simply not an option. Humanity has created these challenges, and we ourselves can and must step up to address them.

To do that, we need a UN that reclaims its standing as a beacon of hope; a reason for global optimism that calls us toward a compelling vision of the future, rekindling our confidence and inspiring each and every one of us to live up to our highest purpose.

It is for the opportunity to pursue this vision that I am honored to accept the nomination of Costa Rica as candidate for the position of UN Secretary-General.

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According to Bloomberg, Figueres thinks Chinese Communism is a better form of government than Democracy, when it comes to addressing climate change.

Biggest Emitter China Best on Climate, Figueres Says

China, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, is also the country that’s “doing it right” when it comes to addressing global warming, the United Nations’ chief climate official said.

The nation has some of the toughest energy-efficiency standards for buildings and transportation and its support for photovoltaic technology helped reduce solar-panel costs by 80 percent since 2008, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said yesterday in an interview at Bloomberg News headquarters in New York.

The country is facing growing public pressure from citizens to reduce air pollution, due in large part to burning coal. Its efforts to promote energy efficiency and renewable power stem from the realization that doing so will pay off in the long term, Figueres said.

“They actually want to breathe air that they don’t have to look at,” she said. “They’re not doing this because they want to save the planet. They’re doing it because it’s in their national interest.”

China is also able to implement policies because its political system avoids some of the legislative hurdles seen in countries including the U.S., Figueres said.

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I’ve got to say I’m not a fan of Figueres. Someone who seems to think Democracy is a hassle, because other people get to interfere with and impede your directives, is not someone I want to see in a position of even greater global authority than her previous job. But hey, its not like anyone is giving us a chance to vote on this decision.

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July 7, 2016 5:11 pm

That reminds me, has that pornographer and sex pest who used to run the IPCC been replaced yet?

Rob Manzoni
Reply to  catweazle666
July 9, 2016 9:43 am

No – his defence in thr sexual harassment case is looking more lame every day
As for the new “ClimateChief” at UN, the last person we should see there is another fraud.
Let’s see Bob Carver in this position…. Or professor Goldberg, or William Happer… Imagine an honest, competent individual advising the world on scientific matters; and promoting proper education, rather than Climate Cultism?
Or am I just hallucinating again?

Reply to  catweazle666
July 9, 2016 9:44 am

No – his defence in thr sexual harassment case is looking more lame every day
As for the new “ClimateChief” at UN, the last person we should see there is another fraud.
Let’s see Bob Carver in this position…. Or professor Goldberg, or William Happer… Imagine an honest, competent individual advising the world on scientific matters; and promoting proper education, rather than Climate Cultism?
Or am I just hallucinating again?

Santa Baby
Reply to  catweazle666
July 11, 2016 12:01 am

His replacement is a Norwegian Marxist. No longer any doubts that whatever comes out of IPCC is politicized?

Santa Baby
Reply to  Santa Baby
July 11, 2016 12:14 am

Correction the Norwegian Marxist is the new head of UNEP. It should be renamed UNMP?

July 7, 2016 5:12 pm

By Congressional mandate concerning Palestinian recognition, US now has to defund UNFCCC as it previously did UNESCO. Lets hope she moves up and pulls the same stunt again. Then the US by statutory law must defund the entire UN shebang. Overdue.

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July 7, 2016 5:16 pm


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July 7, 2016 8:28 pm


Reply to  ristvan
July 7, 2016 5:40 pm

As long as the Democrats are in office, defunding of the UN is not likely to happen.

Reply to  SMC
July 10, 2016 2:37 pm

Rep.Mike Rogers from Alabama,pointed to a wide range of reasons why the U.S. should dump the UN. “Although the United States makes up almost a quarter of the U.N.’s annual budget, the U.N. has attempted a number of actions that attack our rights as U.S. citizens,” he explained. “To name a few, these initiatives include actions like the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would subject our country to internationally-based environmental mandates, costing American businesses more money, or the U.N.’s work to re-establish an international regulation regime on global warming which would heavily target our fossil fuels.”
Indeed, especially in recent years, the UN has become increasingly brazen in attacking the rights of Americans, and even the U.S. Constitution that enshrines those unalienable rights. From attacks on free speech and gun rights to assaults on America’s federalist system of government and states’ rights, the UN and its member regimes have become increasingly aggressive. Now, the UN is working on a series of major schemes that would undermine even the principles upon which the United States was founded, much of it under the guise of promoting pseudo-human rights and pseudo-environmentalism.
Trump for President, Hillary for Prison – 2016.

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  ristvan
July 8, 2016 12:37 am

lol Ban Ki Moon was a puppet of the US administration, the UN lol, can’t do anything without the US, and the UNSC cant do anything either. Without the main NATO force the UN and NATO have no teeth whatsoever.
In short neither NATO nor the UN are anything without US funding and support.
Throw in on top of that the US gov and mil are also immune from international war crimes laws and even has an “invade the Hague” law that allows the US to use force to free any US military personnel or politician from the Hague by force.

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
July 8, 2016 1:29 am

Gee, you make all that sound like a bad thing….!

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
July 8, 2016 9:01 am

International war crimes has become nothing more than a cover by Marxists to attack the leaders of countries they don’t like.

Alan Robertson
July 7, 2016 5:15 pm

In light of her record, she’d be perfect for the job.
Her elevation to the leadership would be the equivalent of unmasking the UN.

Reply to  Alan Robertson
July 7, 2016 8:16 pm

More like re-masking the already opaque totalitarianism that is ever present in the UN.
She is anti free speech and anti Democracy. Other than that, she’s swell.
Actually, she’d fit right into the EU leadership as well. If the UN doesn’t work out, maybe she can get appointed to that gig when Junker dies off. For he’ll never relinquish power, the totalitarians never do…..

July 7, 2016 5:21 pm

i thought helen was the top contender

Reply to  chaamjamal
July 7, 2016 5:41 pm

Be great if Helen got it.

Reply to  Simon
July 8, 2016 2:05 pm

Surely you are joking, Simon? The best I could say for Helen is that she is starting to look the least hopeless option. In her present position, she seems to have done almost nothing, which is quite a normal achievement for a politician. Unlike Figueres.- I bet they are very close friends.

Reply to  chaamjamal
July 8, 2016 4:08 am

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark’s government boosted her “green” credentials by secretly sacrificing the city of Palmerston North to New Zealand’s ETS. Furthermore she mentored Karen Price, wife of putative future Labour Prime Minister, David Cunliffe. Price, a lawyer, stands to make a fortune from her carbon trading business. Clark is a founding figure in the Turitea wind farm fraud which has been picked up and amplified by the current National Government which sold 49% of Mighty River Power’s wind farm assets to an unsuspecting public, MRP’s wind farms have been deliberately placed right on top of three of the country’s major earthquake fault lines.
Read about the stunning corruption which has taken place here and if you are a New Zealander or know New Zealanders spread this link far and wide. There’s a lot more to this story in this detailed account.

Reply to  Paul
July 8, 2016 1:50 pm

Oh dear I think your tinfoil hat has fallen off. Clarke was a fine prime minister as is Key. They both led stable governments which has helped NZ significantly. Look at the bollocks happening in Australia and the UK at the moment with the uncertainty there.

Reply to  Paul
July 8, 2016 3:24 pm

Of course Simon if you had bothered to actually read the factual data on this website you would not have made your ridiculous “tinfoil hat” comment.
Now go and read it and comment on it’s content. [FWIW I was once a member of the Labour party.]

Reply to  chaamjamal
July 10, 2016 2:40 pm

I think “Our”Kevin Rudd,has also put his hand up for the “Top”job.

Hilary Ostrov (aka hro001)
July 7, 2016 5:45 pm

And Christiana (aka Tinkerbell) Figueres is so very competent – and knowledgeable about climate matters – that two years ago, Climate Cookbook Coordinator par excellence and former IPCC-nik, Joe <the only thing that counts is numbers> Alcamo was called to the rescue as her “Special Advisor”.
See: Old-hand Alcamo picked to rescue “tinkerbell” Figueres?
Never let it be said that the UN does not excel at “recycling”, eh?!

4 eyes
July 7, 2016 5:46 pm

If she gets the job I hope she picks on the countries where the rampart injustices and conflicts are happening i.e. not the democratic West which by and large is just and conflict free. To say humanity has caused these problems is to tell an awful lot of decent people that they are the cause of other people’s problems when in fact it is internal corruption, tribalism and unfettered brutal power that is the cause of the problems. The underlying thought process that I detect in her is scary. And it is how coal is burnt that determines the level of in your face pollution.

Rob R
July 7, 2016 5:48 pm

She is niot the only candidate. Helen Clarke, former NZ Prime Minister is also looking to fill the spot. She is the No. 3. in the UN at present. Clarke is capable of being quite ruthless and could even get the whiole organisation working.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Rob R
July 7, 2016 7:44 pm

Herr Clarkenfuhrer, as she was affectionately known as in New Zealand, has no desire to do anything to get the UN to work.

Stephen Reilly
July 7, 2016 5:54 pm

There is no doubt the man who should be running the UN is Australia’s left-wing ex-prime minister, Kevin Rudd, who is now in New York with his hand up (pick me, pick me). Kevin has extraordinarily destructive skills and is quite capable of bringing down the UN on his own (he nearly did it to Australia). And then the world would be a better place.

Christopher Hanley
Reply to  Stephen Reilly
July 7, 2016 6:34 pm

No doubt about it Kevin could turn that pointless, incompetent, ineffectual, corrupt organisation into an utter shambles without even trying.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Christopher Hanley
July 8, 2016 10:12 am

But then, how would we know the difference?

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Stephen Reilly
July 7, 2016 7:28 pm

Krudd would be a really bad choice but, surprising myself somewhat, I suspect go-Figueres-yourself would be even worse. The reason I say this is that Krudd is just a limp-wristed, hand-wringing do-gooder who goes “wah-wah-wah”, while get-Figuresed appears to be a hard-core Communist.

Reply to  Stephen Reilly
July 8, 2016 5:38 am

you DO make a good point for the Kruddball to get the job..much as I loathe the thought of him having any job with power he can misuse
but if that …womans the other option ..yeah krudds better by a slice of venality less.
far better to diss the UN entirely and save us all the grief and cost

July 7, 2016 5:59 pm

Virulent anti Capitalism, anti West, and redistribute the wealth agendas are supported by Figueres and she doesn’t hide it. She’ll fit right in. The UN has finagled its’ way into the world political cat birds’ seat and every country is afraid to challenge it for fear of losing prominence with the very organization who’s goal is to take them over. The EU is the first giant step into blatant hedgeonomy and hopefully the people are realizing what the true agenda is.

July 7, 2016 6:12 pm

Always enjoy current pricing and projections for solar panels from China.
Considering: (1) massive Chinese construction of coal fired units in this millennium (>300 GWe), and (2) massive ‘loss leader’ financing of Chinese industry by the Communist government, (likely) resulting in destructive competition, the inputs to production (electricity pricing based on fossil fuels and low capital costs) do not lend confidence that panel pricing is market based or sustainable.
Look at any honest summing up of EROI for solar and proponents are bound: (1) to be disappointed, or (2) ask for e re-vote.
I’m not being critical of the Chinese. Their fossil unit construction is on an unprecedented scale in human history (more than 500 large supercritical units brought online in 3000 days, 2004 to 2012). Unbelievable!
But let’s watch them ‘tap on the brakes’ over the next couple of decades (i.e., to curtail over-extended borrowing) and see how that goes.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 7, 2016 11:13 pm

My data from the World Coal Association shows China was the top coal producer in 2014 at 3,747 Mt (USA in second at 916 Mt, India at No. 3 – 668 Mt with a bullet). With listed reserves of 114,500 Mt (Wikipedia), this indicates a China reserve to production ratio of 31 years.
No wonder they promised Barry to start thinking about doing something by 2030.

July 7, 2016 6:24 pm

Seems natural.
With the U.K. out, the Komminisars of the EU in Brussels may feel embolden, empowered to make a distinction of European as a codified Nationality, Ethnicity and Race. By The Blood, a baby born to a European Mother is European, By the Land, those born in Europe are European. The EU will argue Islanders, are by history migrant Europeans of long ago. However, Merkel and her Stasi friends in the GDR my NOT approve.

July 7, 2016 6:28 pm

“The country is facing growing public pressure from citizens to reduce air pollution, due in large part to burning coal. ”
Figueres would never draw the distinction between burning coal in a fireplace and burning coal in a new HELE power plant. It’s all just durdy coal innit?

John Harmsworth
Reply to  Arnold1
July 7, 2016 7:18 pm

She pretty much said it herself. If you can’t see the air you’re breathing, you good! Looking out my window, coal is fine with precipitators. CO2? Not important in China.

July 7, 2016 6:36 pm

She served her globalist masters very well. She should be rewarded… So do expect a UN even more tainted…
Take for instance this UN official, a perfect little soldier Peter Sutherland, ‏United Nations Special Representative for International Migration, tweeting Jul 4
“The U.K. has decided to play hardball. So will the #EU.”
He is angry at Brexit because his job is to enable migration… So he now even speaks for the EU… betraying his allegiance to undemocratic powers.
And he keeps telling the great European Union lie:
Peter Sutherland Jun 29
“Recent Eurobarometer poll shows 57% of respondents believe most positive achievement of #EU: “free movement of people, goods, and services”.
Except that earlier he let it slip the true motive of the EU: Peter Sutherland 18 Sep 2015
“The EU was never “all about trade”. From the beginning it was about integrating peoples. A noble objective being put at risk.”
They lie to enforce their agenda. Just like for climate.

Reply to  TomRude
July 8, 2016 1:38 pm

The Peter Sutherland who was a bigwig at BP?
[And RBS, Allied Irish Bank, etc.]
Surely not, I thought!
I thought the BP one had gone to the great wine bar in the sky many years ago.
But – No!
Wikipedia [I know – even I can edit it!] tells me that he’s only 70 – and still around.

Reply to  Auto
July 8, 2016 8:25 pm

Yep that one… Bilderberg, Trilateral… The complete package

Paul Westhaver
July 7, 2016 6:43 pm

The information available about Christiana Figueres on the internet is highly contrived and scrubbed. Scrubbed to the point of incredible.
I need real information, not BS pumped out by her PR team.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
July 7, 2016 8:46 pm

All you have to do is read her speeches/quotes. Rabid Marxist and West hater.

Paul Westhaver
Reply to  markl
July 7, 2016 9:31 pm

I was looking for something more biographical and succinct.
I have better things to read than her …you know.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
July 8, 2016 9:07 am

Paul Westhaver commented: “…I was looking for something more biographical and succinct….”
Born with a silver spoon into the President of Costa Rica’s family. Schooled abroad at all the proper institutions. Never held an elected position or worked in business (?true). Goal is to destroy the US, Capitalism, and Democracy. Avowed Communist. What else do you need to know?

Reply to  markl
July 7, 2016 11:55 pm

Paul, if you’re old enough to remember ‘Lost In Space’, this could explain what’s been scrubbed:

Paul Westhaver
Reply to  markl
July 8, 2016 6:18 am

Well. That was bang on. The whole evil, severe, bossy, psycho, space suit, glittery overlord get-up went right past me until you connected it to Dr. Zachary Smith, who was LIS’s “Doctor of Intergalactic Environmental Psychology”.
I was a tad young, but I recall seeing it on TV. I remember the visuals, but I was incognizant of the plots, and the series concepts.

July 7, 2016 6:49 pm

“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history”,
“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” – Christiana Figueres

Reply to  MichaelS
July 7, 2016 7:15 pm

Christiana Figueres is a dangerous woman.

Reply to  MichaelS
July 7, 2016 10:42 pm

Thanks MichaelS, I was trying to remember/find that quote of hers

John Harmsworth
July 7, 2016 7:19 pm

Another commie!

Eugene WR Gallun
July 7, 2016 7:40 pm

I have said this before less than half jokingly. The US needs to completely cease payments to the UN, confiscate the UN building and let Trump turn it into a hotel. Maybe call it Trump International.
Eugene WR Gallun

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Reply to  Eugene WR Gallun
July 8, 2016 3:24 am

My dear departed father used to describe the UN as the worlds largest brothel.
All the occupants f..ed everything they touched.

July 7, 2016 8:30 pm

They can always give the job to Tony Blair

July 7, 2016 8:31 pm

Well, let’s hope she drops “Climate Change” as a priority, and concentrates on making sure that ISIS, ISIL ( any terrorists) etc. don’t get hold of a Nuclear Weapon. I think that should be the main focus of the UN, NATO, EU, USA, and etc…

July 7, 2016 8:34 pm

c’mon Odama is the #1 candidate to lead these globalists

Mike McMillan
Reply to  Russell
July 7, 2016 11:07 pm

O’Bama gets nominated, then Trump vetoes.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Mike McMillan
July 8, 2016 10:19 am

The US being a permanent member of the Security Council, no citizen thereof is eligible to be General Secretary of the United Nations.

Reply to  Mike McMillan
July 8, 2016 10:56 pm

Ah, but O is a GLOBAL citizen, so there is no problem.
“Global” may be a signal word to inform us that the described idea/object/term/whatever is a bunch of crap that should be avoided at all costs.

Tim F
July 7, 2016 9:54 pm

If Hillary is elected she will be the next UN Secretary General. Junker in Charge of the EU Commission combined with her as the new UN SG, and Hillary as the President they will have achieved the far left vision of a single global government. There will a taking of private property at a scale never seen before through government mandates and enforcement. The US Supreme court will bow to EU and UN precedent in their rulings and the FBI and other Federal agencies will enforcement over States rights. This is not a conspiracy theory, it is what they have been doing for the last 30+ years. It is now an open and well discussed agenda by these self appointed elites.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Tim F
July 8, 2016 5:22 am

Not as long as millions of Americans have guns.

Michael Carter
July 7, 2016 9:57 pm

Another top contender is ex New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark. She is on record as saying she did not care if AGW was true or false as it was the best global opportunity yet to tax the rich and redistribute to the poor (countries)

Science or Fiction
July 7, 2016 11:50 pm

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution,”
– Christiana Figueres, who heads up the United Nations’s Framework Convention on Climate Change
I can think of a few others who intentionally brought about radical changes to a society or developed financial structures. It didn´t always turn out well.
Who voted for Christina Figueres by the way? None!
And that is an irony – as the United Nations is also concerned about human rights, which states:
Article 21. (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
There is so much wrong with Christiana Figueres – I would never have voted for here. And there is so much wrong with what United Nations has turned into – I would never have voted for development of the United Nations into what it is today. United Nations is far out of line with it´s charter.
“The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell.”
— Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General from 1953 to 1961
“Aestheticism and radicalism must lead us to jettison reason, and to replace it by a desperate hope for political miracles. This irrational attitude which springs from intoxication with dreams of a beautiful world is what I call Romanticism. It may seek its heavenly city in the past or in the future; it may preach ‘back to nature’ or ‘forward to a world of love and beauty’; but its appeal is always to our emotions rather than to reason. Even with the best intentions of making heaven on earth it only succeeds in making it a hell – that hell which man alone prepares for his fellow-men.”
― Karl Popper, The Open Society and its Enemies
May I please be allowed to vote!

July 8, 2016 12:01 am

A) Since when was Paris a “success”?
B) Being a three-time president of a Latin American country is not necessarily a positive thing. Even if the three terms were on the up and up, her father’s record should not be considered as hers. Looking at her actual record, I would say she is channeling the worst of the Latin dictators. Her abuse of people is just a bit less direct.
C) Just because China claims to have super strict standards for construction does not mean those standards are actually followed. It is all about appearance, about “face”. Solar pricing has gone down because technology has improved, but it is not necessarily due to Chinese government investments. Chinese solar panel prices are low in part because the toxic waste is often just dumped without being treated or contained. If real actions are being taken to clean up and lessen pollution, I applaud. But pics or it didn’t happen. Unaltered pics. No adjustments allowed.
Her praise of supposed Chinese actions does not surprise me, as so many international politicians praised China’s one child policy as great for the environment, and even bemoaned its end. Millions of forced abortions, sterilizations, beatings, and imprisonments are excused and praised because less people being born is good for the planet! Never mind the current suffering, never mind the danger of massive gender imbalances. Heck, if war results from said imbalances, all the better. Less people! Unofficially sentencing people to death by denying them access to reliable energy is okay, even though by the leftists’ own admission, said denial will not have any measurable effect on temperature. Less people!
I have an idea. How about the next UN president makes their first priority cleaning up the Peacekeeper forces that have been caught sexually abusing local populations, including children? How about tackling the rampant corruption? Forget stagnation, cronyism and corruption are what people see in the UN. There are a few entities (UNICEF, UNESCO) that are less tainted in the eyes of the public, but look under the veneer and they are much like the parent body.

July 8, 2016 12:38 am

Ms Christiana Figueres is on record as saying that the world must change its economic order. She has praised China for its system of governance and has denigrated bot democracy and capitalism.
I don’t know if she is a Marxist. But her public statements sure sound like it.
I think she would bring perilous times to the UN because she would increase popular American resistance to financing the UN and that would be unfortunate, not only for the UN, but for world peace.
Better just to draw lots worldwide with the only qualifications that the person be above the age of majority and able to read his/her own language.

July 8, 2016 2:18 am

Following the EU, the UN is the next Marxist relic to be thrown onto the ash-heap of history.

July 8, 2016 2:50 am

One of Figueres’ proud boasts is that she was trained by Al Gore to deliver “An Inconvenient Truth”.
Her other achievements have been in the world of carbon trading,
“Ms Figueres joined as Vice Chairman of the Carbon Ratings Agency in February 2009 and left in July 2010 as the new Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and as such had to relinquish her role with the CRA. She sat on all CRA rating committee meetings during her tenure and initiated CRA’s analysis work for programmatic CDM.”
“The Carbon Rating Agency (CRA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the IDEAglobal Group. It is the world’s only ratings agency focused on carbon and energy efficiency asset ratings. Its mission is to enable the creation of carbon as an asset class.”
She was a colleague of Lord Stern:
Lord Nicholas Stern
2007-2009 Vice Chairman IDEAglobal Group
2009-2013 Advisor IDEAglobal Group
Author of the seminal Review on the Economics of Climate Change and former Chief Economist at the World Bank
Her brother Jose, also a former Costa Rican President, from 1994-98, has some history in the AGW industry as well, In 1990, Figueres co-founded Energía Global Inc. a renewable energy company with operations in Costa Rica, Gua-temala, and Chile. The business was later sold and today it continues to operate as a subsidiary of ENEL, Italy’s largest power company.
He has also been a Director of the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Stockholm Environment Institute and WWF. Since 2010 he has been President of Branson’s Carbon War Room. From 2009 until 2011, when its mandate was completed, Figueres served on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Advisory Group on Climate Change and Energy.
When Costa Rican President, he says “I brought in economists like Jeffrey Sachs. I was strongly influenced by people like Maurice Strong [who headed the Rio earth summit] and his adviser on business, the Swiss industrialist Stefan Shmidheiny who set up the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Family business.

Reply to  dennisambler
July 8, 2016 7:54 pm

Jose also on the Board of The Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado, US. Carbon War Room merged with Rocky Mountain Institute c.2014.

Reply to  Barbara
July 8, 2016 9:19 pm

Rocky Mountain Institute Board of Trustees Colorado includes:
Peter Boyer, Union of Concerned Scientists
Mark Ferron, California ISO
Jose Figueres Olsen, brother of Christiana Figueres
Jigar Shah, past Director, Greenpeace USA.

Reply to  Barbara
July 9, 2016 8:01 am

Mark Ferron, Rocky Mountain Institute Board of Trustees.
California/CPUC, Mar.2011-Jan.2014
CAISO, July 2015-Present
Both appointments by California Gov. Jerry Brown for more information.

Reply to  Barbara
July 9, 2016 9:36 am

AYRSHIRE Foundation, founded 1998
Peter Boyer, Secretary

Reply to  Barbara
July 9, 2016 11:21 am

Corporate Knights Magazine, Canada, May 28, 2015
‘Are rich subsidies for solar holding the industry back? By Jigar Shah
“Germany has done this by getting solar installed at far less cost than in North America, where investors like me manipulate solar subsidies to maximize returns.”

Reply to  dennisambler
July 9, 2016 1:28 pm

Will Hillary Win, Nov., 2015
Event details: Nov.2, 2015
“”Hillary Clinton be visiting Chicago, Illinois again to attend a fundraising event hosted by Tanya and Michael Polsky who have hosted other fundraisers, Polsky is is the founder, President and CEO of Invenergy.
Polsky is also on the Board of the World Resources Institute
Invenergy is a U.S. based wind and solar developer.

Reply to  Barbara
July 9, 2016 1:38 pm

World Resources Institute
Board includes: Michael Polsky, Invenergy

Alan the Brit
July 8, 2016 3:54 am

That woman deserves a billion Oscars for her performances on the World stage, the way she can cry & shed tears to order is magnificent, unequalled in the World, imho! Just mention the Earth & she sheds oodles of them, perfectly! If Hollywood doesn’t give at least a hundred, thousand, million, (as an engineer I love making up numbers, just like the UNIPCC – sarc off), I will never ever go there again, & will refuse any invite the “Academy” may offer!!!!!!

Reply to  Alan the Brit
July 9, 2016 3:01 am

“the way she can cry & shed tears to order is magnificent”
As when she visited Australia in 2015, drumming up support for the Paris conference:
Ray of hope: Christiana Figueres – Date September 5, 2015
“A thousand chattering girls from prestigious St Catherine’s in Sydney’s eastern suburbs settle themselves on the floor of the school’s assembly hall, the din not unlike that inside a giant aviary. Silence falls as a compact figure in a pink jacket, tightly fitting black trousers and heels steps smartly to the microphone.
It is the morning’s “special guest”, the head of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres – a woman bizarrely characterised in May by Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief business adviser, Maurice Newman, as the spearhead of a UN conspiracy to bring the world under the iron control of shadowy international bureaucrats.
The girls regard their visitor politely, perhaps expecting a science lecture or a worthy presentation on the machinery of international climate negotiations. Instead, something extraordinary happens. Only a few words into her introduction, Figueres chokes up. “It always pains me … [a pause] … to see … [a suppressed sob] … the evidence of what we’ve done.”

July 8, 2016 5:25 am

lets cut to the chase and be bluntly honest – Kim Kardashian would be just as effective and qualified as this unelected wannabe, and a lot more fun to watch.
This is what so-called “world government” has come to – might as well let the Kardashian’s run it, because it really doesn’t matter anymore.
I just wish I had more food and ammo stockpiled.

Reply to  wws
July 8, 2016 11:00 pm

When the zombie apocalypse comes, everyone is going to want to be friends with the doomsday preppers and the rubes who cling to their guns and religion.
Leftists better pray that the rubes cling to their religion enough to be willing to extend a helping hand. (See what I did there?)

Tab Numlock
July 8, 2016 6:10 am

The commies have realized the “country by country” method doesn’t work. You end up building walls to keep people in the commie section and the contrast between commie and non-commie is clear to all. So now they are using the “water in the bathtub” method where communism gradually rises everywhere via world organizations. There is no escape except by spaceship. No walls necessary.

July 8, 2016 9:34 am

Great, a scientific mystic. As if the UN does not already have a morbid reputation.

Adam Gallon
July 8, 2016 9:59 am

Here’s the full list.
An Eastern European is the current best guess, but wait & see if any of the others enters the ring. Amina Mohammed would be a shoe-in, ticks all boxes, female, Muslim & African!

July 8, 2016 11:34 am

If they leave it open till Nov Obama is available . Guess this timing is pure coincidence .

Bryan A
July 8, 2016 12:43 pm

Gotta love it…
China is “Doing It Right”…riiiiiight
Lets see….
“Top Emitter of GHG” (right)
…..Pour the Coals to it China and sell that surplus Dirty Coal Power to the Clean Eco-fascist Feel-goods in Europe
“Its support for photovoltaic technology helped reduce solar-panel costs by 80 percent since 2008” (right)
…..The average Chinese national earns $4755 USD per year, about 91.44 per week or 2.29 per hour.
…..No wonder they can produce panels at a cost savings of 80%, they pay their workers next to nothing.
“China is also able to implement policies because its political system avoids some of the legislative hurdles seen in countries including the U.S., Figueres said.” (right) Remember Tien’amen Square? It is plain scary just what that type of governance brings. The “Legislative Hurdles” are there to ensure a government “Of the people, by the people and for the people” doesn’t paris(h) from the earth and become just another government dictatorship.

July 8, 2016 2:41 pm

A dysfunctional, idiosyncratic and ideologically-bent UN now wants to appoint someone who is dysfunctional, idiosyncratic and ideologically-bent as its leader? Go figure.
George Devries Klein, PhD, PG, FGSA

Reply to  George Devries Klein
July 8, 2016 4:58 pm

Don’t know if Ms. Figueres is located in Switzerland or New York (UN HQ) but perhaps the thought of returning to Costa Rica, a third world country, scares her, especially when having to face the poor who are victimized by the green lobby goals.
George Devries Klin, PhD, PG, FGSA

Reply to  George Devries Klein
July 9, 2016 2:18 am

Based in Bonn, she has a German husband, Konrad von Ritter, estranged, a former head of the World Bank’s sustainable development unit and also in the climate business:—unfccc-1187574
Her mother, widow of former Costa Rican president Jose Figueres Ferrer, moves in top circles in Boston.
Christiana gave the commencement address at U. Mass in 2014:

Reply to  George Devries Klein
July 9, 2016 3:55 am

She is located in Bonn, Germany, her mother lives in Boston.
Christiana gave the Commencement address at U. Mass. in 2014.
“Figueres works out of a spacious office in Bonn, in a building that used to belong to the German parliament. On the wall by her desk there’s a framed motto that reads, “Impossible is not a fact, it is an attitude.” On another wall there’s a poster showing the Statue of Liberty waist-high in water, and on a third a black-and-white photograph of Figueres’s father, José, who led the Costa Rican revolution of 1948.”

Reply to  George Devries Klein
July 9, 2016 4:52 pm

Thanks for the detailed information. Bonn is better than Central or South America. I’ve worked
in both.

July 8, 2016 4:07 pm

Verse 25 of the Impeachment song: Climate change and the end of Capitalism.
Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, recently made a devastating admission… the goal of environmental activism is not to save the world from terrifying environmental calamity, but to end capitalism.
“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.
Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”
This leads to verse 25 of the Obama Impeachment song( as if sung by President Obama to the tune of “Please release me, let me go)
Climate change our biggest threat,
If worse, I will break out a sweat.
Global Governance, you bet!
My war on King Coal not over yet.
The whole Obama Impeachment song:
Meanwhile, China keeps increasing its use of coal

July 9, 2016 12:57 am

Alarms must ring loudly. The UN lost its way a long time ago. We have more wars, drought, desert, poverty, mass migration, less potable water, food, shelter clean air and global unity/leadership.
UNFCCC COP system after 22 years and clearly the past 5 years highlights the present UN “data exchange protocol” has done zero to reverse CO2e build-up. The best illustration I* can offer is the UNFCCC COP21 decision “193 Nations Members of Parliament shall return to their homeland and think again of ways to stop the Earth’s mean temperature rising 2 degrees”.
If UN and for that matter Earth was run as a perpetual supply corporation such incompetent thought would never have reached the CEO desk let alone the BOD table.
Earth and UN are at a critical cross road unless there is a highly well trained HEAD of UN and a BOD from the corporate sector the repair the 50% damage to the once yielding Assets the Grandkids do not have a chance. Few stop to account Earth is our only business home and the baseline Bank of Assets soil-water-vegetation-atmosphere-bees and the UN’s own data reflects these like support assets loss more than 50%.
The UN Needs a President/Chair with hands on running a Nation and indeed a UN division to comprehend the tremendous waste the current data exchange UN is The UNFCCC COP 21 case and point.
Before the hand-over to a new Chief of UN Actual Heads of Nations need to be locked up and restructure UN charter, Earth is the Number 1 business with Bank of Assets not rolled over restored. Among Leaders of Nations present and in sight past Leaders is one the restore the assets of the Receiver Mother Nature is sending clear messages restore or stand aside and
a Helen Clark is clearly qualified!
Bottom line We do not need more UNFCCC COP 21 decisions “build a switch to stop temperature rising and pray”.
Without prejudice
Robert Vincin We grow soil year 1 soil-carbon year 2 food fodder year 3 forestry year5- in desert Nations
Invited by UN USG 95-99 help write Kyoto Protocol. Appointed Foreign expert PRC 2005-
Co-author the Missing Sink Paper COP 6 to save cancelling Kyoto article 3.4 etc.

July 9, 2016 10:50 pm

Sorry sweet chicken face the big O has this lined up . A temporary position possible but
don’t get comfy .

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