Christiana Figueres to receive Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy

September 21, 2018
Christiana Figueres


Ms. Figueres is recognized for her remarkable diplomatic achievements as the
architect of the Paris Climate Accords

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Pace Law) today announced it will bestow the Distinguished Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy to Christiana Figures. Ms. Figueres is is a world authority on global climate change and is being recognized for her lifetime of work and the diplomatic achievement of bringing together governments, along with corporations, activists, NGOs and others to deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change to limit global warming. The award will be conferred by Pace University Trustee Liliane Haub. She will be joined by Pace President Marvin Krislov, Elisabeth Haub School of Law Dean Horace Anderson, officials from the United Nations, members of the diplomatic community and Pace faculty and staff at a ceremony in New York City on September 24th.

“The Elisabeth Haub School of Law is proud to be a leader in environmental law and in working to advocate for public policies that promote a more sustainable planet and combat climate change,” said Horace Anderson, Dean and Professor of Law at the law school. “We are honored to bestow this prestigious award of Christiana Figueres, the architect of the Paris Climate Accords and stand with the international community in recognition of the Agreement’s groundbreaking importance to protecting and preserving our planet.”     

“It is my privilege to accept the Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy and to be included among these other illustrious honorees,” said Christiana Figueres. “I would like to thank the distinguished jury and the Haub family for this wonderful honor.” 

Christiana Figueres was the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010-2016. She is founding partner of Global Optimism and currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, ClimateWorks Board Member, World Bank Climate Leader, Senior Fellow for Conservation International, ACCIONA Board Member, The B Team Leader, WRI Board Member, Economic Council member for the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health, Leadership Council Member for The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Mission2020 Convenor.

During her tenure at the UNFCCC Ms. Figueres delivered the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to below 2C. The agreement entered into force in less than a year, breaking the record of the UN. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.

In addition to her remarkable diplomatic achievements over the past 20 years, she served as Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA), which she directed for eight years.

Ms. Figueres is the most recent recipient of the Distinguished Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy. Past laureates include Ambassador Luis Alberto Figueiredo Machado from Brazil, Macharia Kamau from Kenya, Mohamed Sahnoun from Algeria, Hilario Davide, Jr. from the Phillipines and Klaus Topfer from Germany. 

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University launched its environmental legal education in 1978, which has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s J.D. alumni are prominent in environmental law firms across the USA, and abroad. Pace’s multiple environmental law programs with Brazil are the most extensive of any US university. 


About Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, (Haub Law) offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a series of joint degree programs including a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has over 8,500 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. For more information visit

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