Greenpeace International executive director steps down to become German government’s climate envoy


February 10 update: Jennifer Morgan relinquished all her duties as executive director of Greenpeace International, including public representation of the Greenpeace network, on February 10, following the announcement that she would be leaving Greenpeace to take on a new role at the German Foreign Office in as Special Envoy for International Climate Action. from March 1. Norma Torres, formerly Chief Operating Officer of Greenpeace International, has been named interim executive director.

Morgan joined Greenpeace six years ago and has worked tirelessly to ensure the organization continues to adapt to the ever-evolving and deepening climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.

She has been particularly supportive of the organization in ensuring that justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and safety are at the forefront of our work. Understand that there can be no peace without equity and no greenery without peace.

Morgan has represented the organization at numerous international events, including climate conferences, where her long history and in-depth knowledge of climate policy and politics have helped the organization keep politicians on fire and push international ambition to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C.

Morgan said: “As we delve deeper into the disruption of the climate emergency, it is clearer than ever that people power is what will create the space for members of governments to reach beyond their zone of control. comfort and finding the courage to do the right thing.. I only hope that I can, in this new role and challenge, match the courage I have found working within Greenpeace, with its courageous and tireless staff, with its networks, allies and volunteers over the past 6 intense years.

Congratulating Morgan on her new role, Greenpeace International board chair Ayesha Imam said“I would like to thank Jennifer for her hard work and dedication to Greenepace’s mission and congratulate her exciting and important new role as Special Envoy for International Climate Action at the German Foreign Office. In these times Here we need people like Jennifer who understand the urgency of the climate threat, within our governments and institutions People who understand the link between climate justice and social justice and who will fight for it .

Martin Kaiser, executive director of Greenpeace Germany, also welcomed the news.: “I am very happy and proud that Jennifer Morgan has been appointed to this important and crucial new role. It is a testimony and recognition of the decades-long commitment of Greenpeace activists to demand climate protection and to remain below the 1.5 degree limit.

“With the appointment of Greenpeace international boss Jennifer Morgan as special envoy for international climate action, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock sends a strong signal that the 1.5 degree target will be the line Germany’s climate foreign policy director. Morgan’s appointment is a promise to mainstream civil society concerns into international climate policy.

Greenpeace is, always has been and always will be an independent campaign organization, free of any affiliation with any business or government. We seek to work in alliance where we find a common cause. We will continue to hold accountable those who fail in their responsibilities.


The original text was updated at 3:30 p.m. CET on February 16, 2022.

Greenpeace International will shortly begin the process of recruiting a new International Executive Director.

Morgan will not be available for interview until she takes up her new position on March 1.

Greenpeace International Press Office: [email protected]+31 (0) 20 718 2470 (available 24 hours a day)

Martin Kaiser, Executive Director, Greenpeace Germany, via the press officer Sabine Beck, [email protected]+49 (0)151-10667012

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