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United Nations Day 2022

24th October 2022

The United Nations is an intergovernmental organisation with 193 member states. Its name has become synonymous with its vision of creating and sustaining global unity, and its efforts to promote prosperity, peace and progress.
We’d like to celebrate by recognising the remarkable achievements of one of the remarkable talents on our roster, Christiana Figueres. Christiana is the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010 – 2016).
Christiana’s work was crucial in the delivery of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. For this achievement, Ms Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy and received multiple awards.
Under this Agreement, 195 sovereign governments decided on a collaborative path to limit future global warming to well below 2°C, and strive for 1.5°C in order to protect the most vulnerable in every nation.
To find out more about Christiana Figueres, or to book her for an event, you can visit her webpage here.

Summary of The United Nations’ History

In 1945 the foundational treaty of the United Nations came into effect. Its purpose was to motivate all its member states, inclusive of almost all the governments in the world, to cooperate and work together. The UN is characterised as the successor of the League of Nations, which was considered to be hugely ineffective, and as a means to prevent catastrophic events like World War Two from reoccurring.

The Secretary General’s 2022 Message

In his 2022 message, António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations outlined the importance of global unity today, and how the challenges the organisation faces are ones that we must confront together.

“The United Nations is the product of hope.

The hope — and resolve — following the Second World War to move beyond global conflict to global cooperation.

Today, our organization is being tested like never before.

But the United Nations was made for moments like this.

Now, more than ever, we need to bring to life the values and principles of the UN Charter in every corner of the world.

By giving peace a chance and ending conflicts that jeopardize lives, futures and global progress.

By working to end extreme poverty, reduce inequalities, and rescue the Sustainable Development Goals.

By safeguarding our planet, including by breaking our addiction to fossil fuels and kickstarting the renewable energy revolution.

And by finally balancing the scales of opportunity and freedom for women and girls and ensure human rights for all.

As we mark UN Day, let us renew our hope and conviction in what humanity can achieve when we work as one, in global solidarity.”

Should you wish to book Christiana Figueres, or any of Kruger Cowne’s other iconic people, for after dinner events, keynote speaking, moderation, expert opinion, or more, please contact our team.
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