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Christiana Figueres on International Women’s Day: ‘Women Will Lead the Fight Against Climate Change’

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Then-Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres (center) celebrates with Laurence Tubiana, the French ambassador for climate (left), and Laurent Fabius, the French minister for foreign affairs (right), after adopting the historic Paris Agreement at the COP21 Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, on December 12th, 2015.

Alongside many other committed women, I was fortunate to have been part of securing the Paris Agreement in 2015, when governments the world over united in a promise to safeguard our climate by striving to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The Agreement was an extraordinary multi-national, multi-sector, multi-community collaboration that unfolded across boundaries over many years.

Yet, in the three years since the gavel fell in Paris, global greenhouse gas emissions have risen, as fossil fuels continue to burn unabated. The burning of fossil fuels now represents the greatest risk to children’s health globally because of the toxic air it causes. Heat records have been broken all over the world. Devastating climate impacts are leaving more and more people homeless, without a harvest, or surviving the untimely loss of loved ones. As usual, it is the most vulnerable, in particular women and girls, who are the most affected.

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