Former United Nations climate chief, Christiana Figueres, has confirmed her bid to become head of the UN later this year. She declared her candidacy to replace Ban Ki-moon the day after completing two 3-year terms as Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In her acting capacity as Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Figueres was a key influence in achieving the Paris Agreement on climate action that was agreed by 195 countries at the COP21 climate summit in December last year. Hence, the nomination was broadly welcomed by UN and government officials.
She has also been commended by other stakeholders and ratified for the position.
Alongside Figueres, 12 former diplomats, prime ministers and foreign ministers have also confirmed their bids to replace South Korean Mr Ban, who steps down December 31.