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Super Trouper Christiana Figueres Honoured as “Climate Queen”

Outgoing UN climate chief Christiana Figueres was serenaded with a 70s pop parody last week, and now the Daily Planet has the lyrics so you can sing along!

Figueres gave a farewell address to delegates from around the world at a conference organised by the UNFCCC in Bonn.  A group of representatives from green groups performed an interesting rendition of ABBA’s Dancing Queen, which you can watch above.

Figueres has previously been known to have fun with her colleagues. She secretly got them to learn dance routines to Beyoncé songs to perform at meetings, and when she joined UNFCCC team to sing a farewell song to UNEP executive director Achim Steiner.

This might be why the conference delegates chose to give her an all-singing all-dancing send-off of her own.

Six Years

Figueres will be stepping down as the UNFCCC head after six years in the role. She is ending on a high after successfully helping to lead the world to the Paris climate summit, and the resulting agreement. Almost 200 countries now pledge to cut their emissions.

The Costa Rican will be handing the baton over to Patricia Espinosa, a Mexican diplomat with decades of experience in Europe.

Amazing Staff

She had a long list of people to thank including the “Parties to the Climate Change Convention” who, she says, have clearly made history during her time in office.

When thanking her colleagues she highlighted her time in Bonn at the UN’s climate change headquarters. “Most intensely, I extend my deeply felt gratitude to the amazing staff of the climate change secretariat,” she said, “When I joined the secretariat I felt that I had finally arrived home.”

Lyrics by Alden Meyer (“with apologies to ABBA”)

You can dance, you can jive, having the job of your life
See that woman, watch her lead, diggin’ the Climate Queen.

Denmark and the mood is low
Climate hopes have taken a blow
We had to come together, to get back in the swing
You came in to give us that zing.

Cancun was the next year’s stop
You and Patricia made it hop
Impossible is not a fact, as you made it clear
It’s an attitude, based on fear

Your spirit made us cheer.
You are the Climate Queen, best there’s been, you reign supreme
Climate Queen, moving us to a future clean.
You can dance, you can jive, having the job of your life2

See that woman, watch her lead, diggin’ the Climate Queen.

Then in Paris, the game was on
You made sure the job was done
Fighting for ambition, a future for our kids
You made us raise our bids
We are so glad you did.

You are the Climate Queen, best there’s been, you reign supreme
Climate Queen, moving us to a future clean.
You can dance, you can jive, having the job of your life

See that woman, watch her lead, diggin’ the Climate Queen.

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