In observance of President's Day, we are closed on Monday, February 19, 2024.

New Zealand’s ex-PM Jacinda Ardern joins Conservation International to champion climate action.

Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand has taken on a new role as an advocate for environmental preservation and climate action with Conservation International, the organization confirmed on Monday.

Ardern, who made headlines with her unexpected resignation as prime minister earlier this year, has been appointed as the sixth Arnhold Distinguished Fellow at Conservation International. In this role, she will focus on key issues impacting the Pacific and Antarctica over a two-year term. The fellowship is part-time and offers a stipend.

Since leaving office, Ardern has embarked on several new ventures, including dual fellowships at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and the undertaking of a book project about leadership.

Reflecting on her career, Ardern shared, “From the beginning of my time in the New Zealand Parliament, I’ve advocated for global climate action.” Her commitment to addressing climate change was highlighted during her tenure as prime minister, notably when her government joined others in symbolically declaring a climate emergency in 2020. 

Despite the declaration not bringing any new legal powers or funds, Ardern emphasized its significance for future generations.

In addition to her climate advocacy, Ardern was known for implementing measures such as banning offshore oil and gas exploration and the use of plastic shopping bags.

M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, praised Ardern's appointment, citing her "leadership, empathy, and determination" as vital attributes that contribute to advancing environmental and climate solutions.

Ardern, who became a symbol of progressive leadership on the global stage, ascended to the prime ministership at the age of 37. Upon her departure, she cited personal exhaustion and acknowledged her waning political support in New Zealand, a sentiment reflected in the subsequent electoral defeat faced by her successor, Chris Hipkins.

Samira is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, but deep inside, her heart is a nomad! She's a state champion debater, a public speaker, a scriptwriter, a theater actress, but most importantly — A GREEN CITIZEN! She thinks of herself as a storyteller who thrives on enjoying the life at fullest and telling everyone the tales of life.

Subscribe to
our newsletter