Climate chief: It's time for a woman to lead UN

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres.  (Christophe Ena, AP)
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. (Christophe Ena, AP)

Stockholm - The United Nations' lead official on climate change says the next UN leader should be a woman, but she has no plans to seek the job.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, says a female candidate should succeed Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when he finishes his second term this year.

But when asked whether she could be that woman, the 59-year-old Costa Rican diplomat told The Associated Press on Monday it wasn't in her plans.

Figueres' role in shaping last year's long-awaited Paris agreement to fight climate change has raised her international profile.

Four men and three other women so far have been nominated for the post. Figueres says she hasn't decided what to do after she leaves her current job in July.

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