Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has partnered with Conservation International to champion environmental causes, the organisation announced on November 6. Ardern, now the sixth Arnhold Distinguished Fellow of the group, will dedicate two years to advocating internationally, particularly addressing issues impacting the Pacific and Antarctica. The role, classified as part-time, includes a stipend.
This commitment to conservation is one of several new endeavours Ardern has undertaken since her unexpected resignation in January. Concurrently, she is pursuing dual fellowships at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and working on a leadership book.
Ardern expressed her longstanding dedication to global climate action, citing her 15-year advocacy in the New Zealand Parliament. Notably, her government declared a climate emergency in 2020, symbolically aligning with other nations. Although the declaration lacked additional statutory powers or funding, Ardern emphasized its significance in recognizing the challenges faced by the next generation.
Reflecting her commitment to environmental causes, Ardern previously implemented a ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration and plastic shopping bags. Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan hailed Ardern’s appointment as a victory for the conservation and climate movement, praising her leadership qualities and determination to deliver crucial environmental solutions.