Lord Provost presents the Edinburgh Medal

The driving force behind the Paris agreement Christiana Figueres has been presented with Edinburgh Medal.

As part of Edinburgh International Science Festival, the Edinburgh Medal is presented to those who are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity. The award was instituted by the City of Edinburgh Council in 1988 and previous recipients include Prof Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough.

Christiana Figueres, the Former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Climate Change, has been presented with the prestigious Edinburgh Medal 2019 for her work as a recognised world leader on global climate change and her efforts in bringing nations together to jointly deliver an unprecedented climate change agreement. Edinburgh Medal 2019

Of her win, Christiana Figueres said: “It is a true honour to join a long list of illustrious recipients of the Edinburgh Medal, in our collective quest to advance science as the basis of policy and innovation.”

Frank Ross, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of Edinburgh, said: “Christiana Figueres played a pivotal role in the successful conclusion of the Paris talks and remains an influential global ambassador for the fight against greenhouse gas emissions. Her tireless dedication to the cause of engaging world leaders with climate change is truly inspirational”.

Amanda Tyndall, Creative and Festival Director at Edinburgh Science Festival, said: “In this time of global upheaval and uncertainty there is, more than ever before, a need for nations to work together to combat the threat that climate change poses to our futures.”

For full list of previous recipients as well as to explore this year’s Edinburgh Science Festival programme themed around Frontiers in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Moon landing, visit the Festival’s website. The Festival started on Saturday, 6 April and finishes on Easter Sunday, 21 April.

 

 

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