The International Four Freedoms Award goes to Christiana Figueres Olsen as a representative of all those whose hard work and dedication for many years contributed to the realization of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The rebuilding of the global climate change negotiation process based on fairness, transparency and collaboration leading to the Climate Agreement is widely recognized as a historical achievement. The signature of this Climate Agreement confirms that the great majority of countries wants to work to reduce the temperature rise and the disastrous consequences of climate change. A major and important challenge in relation to the future of next generations in particular and our planet in general.
Christiana Figueres Olsen wrote in December 2015 in an open letter of gratitude: "… to all those, who labored now and before, so long and so hard, I say: this is your success! Individually for each of you, but more powerfully, collectively for all of us. (…) We have come together to address the most daunting of challenges. We have done so by respecting our differences and setting aside our enmity, by focusing on the present we share and the future we must build together…" The Roosevelt Foundation endorses this statement and that is why the International Four Freedoms Award 2018 is for all those dedicated men and women.
Christiana Figueres Olsen will personally receive the award on 16 May as the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is also thanks to her negotiation skills, her ability to engage and to build a consensus that the Climate Agreement has been concluded.