Most Powerful Woman of 2016 could be the next UN leader

By Andrea Hablutzel Pelayo

Will it be Karen C. Figueres from Costa Rica who will substitute Ban Ki-moon from Korea?

The diplomat from Costa Rica, who ranked first place in Forbes Most Powerful Women of 2016 list, Karen Christiana Figueres Olsen, is in the running officially for the candidacy for the position of General Secretary of the United Nations; if she is elected, she will be the first woman to occupy this position.

Figueres RScreenshot from “Karen Christiana Figueres Olsen – UNFCCC” by Youth Summit2015, source YouTube



In the 70 years we’ve had the United Nations, there have been eight General Secretaries, from which only one of them was from Latin America, but there has never been a woman in this position, it is time for a change.

Her campaign is titled Restoring Hope, in which she promises to achieve a pacific solution to disputes and a strengthening of the capacity to respond in a crisis; it is financed partially by the Government of Costa Rica and Crowdfunding.

Always maintaining a position of optimism in the face of adversity, a situation she knows too well; an example being the work of six years after negotiations about climate change in Copenhagen failed in 2009, she had the job of finishing what her predecessor Yvo de Boer worked on.

onu ROriginal Image “United Nation Building, Bangkok” by Isriya Paireepairit,under CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr

The world powers refused to sign a document that obligated them to make profound changes in their industrial models with the intention to stop global temperatures to surpass the 2 degree Celsius barrier. This has been the most transcendent multilateral agreement since peace was signed after World War II ended. She got probably the first step for a gradual change needed towards greener economies.

The economist was chosen by Forbes magazine as the most powerful woman in Central America, in the Most Powerful Woman Ranking in 2016.

The UN is essential, they are facing a difficult road ahead but with her same optimism, added to a perspective that strives for possibilities instead of resignation, looks to create a growing cycle of trust and hope.

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