Costa Rican Christiana Figueres was awarded the Medal of Paris on Wednesday for helping broker the historic, 195-nation deal to avert climate change that was sealed in the French capital last week.Figueres, who is the daughter of Costa Rica’s revolutionary leader and three-time president, José “Pepe” Figueres, is executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presented Figueres the award a few days after the close of the U.N. climate conference known as COP21.“Happy and proud to have awarded the medal of the city of Paris to Christiana Figueres, a great lady without which the agreement of the COP21 concluded in Paris, would not have been possible,” Hidalgo wrote on her Facebook page. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo hugs Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Via Facebook)As the U.N.’s climate chief, Figueres has spent the last five years trying to get U.N. member states closer to an agreement on averting climate disaster, and on Saturday, after nearly a fortnight of grueling negotiations, representatives of nearly 200 countries came to a consensus on a new climate pact.The deal, which takes effect in 2020, sets a target of limiting warming of the planet to below 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial levels, while aiming for an even more ambitious goal of 1.5 C temperature rise.Costa Rica has pledged to become carbon neutral — meaning greenhouse gas emissions would be cancelled out by carbon sequestration — by 2085. Reforming the country’s transportation sector is key to achieving that goal.Besides the recognition for Figueres, Paris honored Costa Rica’s commitment to renewable energy during the climate conference by lighting up the Eiffel Tower on Nov. 30 with the phrase “100% Pura Vida.”Figueres was part of Costa Rica’s international climate change negotiating team before taking the job as U.N. climate chief. Facebook Comments Related posts:A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica Weather disasters have doubled in past 30 years: UN report PHOTOS: Costa Ricans march against climate change Costa Rica’s climate pledge: 5 things to know
The first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Kyiv touched down on 28 August at Boryspil International Airport, marking the launch of direct daily flights between Doha and the Ukrainian capital. The new route by the World’s Best Airline will be served with an Airbus A320 aircraft.Travelling yesterday on the inaugural Qatar Airways flight to Kyiv was Qatar Airways COO, Mr. Ehab Amin, who was welcomed with a traditional airport arrival ceremony hosted by CEO of Kyiv Boryspil International Airport, Mr. Pavlo Riabikin, and attended by Qatar’s Ambassador to Ukraine, His Excellency Mr. Jassim bin Rashid Al Khalifa. Today, Mr. Ehab Amin gave a press conference and dinner with media and key trade partners, highlighting the airline’s expansion plans.Kyiv, one of Eastern Europe’s undiscovered cultural jewels, is filled with striking architecture and many art galleries and museums. The city is both historic and modern at the same time, and is quickly becoming a popular must-visit destination for travellers from around the globe.Passengers from Kyiv will not only be able to take advantage of smooth and efficient transfers through the airline’s home and hub, Hamad International Airport, to more than 150 global destinations, but also take the opportunity to visit the State of Qatar itself.Emerging as an increasingly popular leisure destination, it is now even easier for Ukrainians to visit the cosmopolitan Middle Eastern country where a new visa waiver scheme means they can obtain a 30-day visa on arrival.The new daily flights to Kyiv will provide over 10 tonnes of belly capacity each week, supporting the growing food product, pharmaceutical and civil aircraft industries in Ukraine. Through the airline’s expanding cargo network, Qatar Airways Cargo connects Ukraine to its trade partners in Middle East and Asia via an easy transit at cargo carrier’s Doha hub. The belly service is also complemented with a local trucking network to and from Kyiv airport.Qatar Airways has a host of other exciting new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, US and Santiago, Chile, to name just a few.