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Jacinda Ardern has been appointed as a trustee of the prestigious Prince of Wales Environmental Award, Kensington Palace has confirmed.
Prince William said it was an honor to welcome the former New Zealand leader to the Earthshot Prize.
Ardern resigned in January saying he no longer had “enough in the tank” to lead the country.
The former prime minister said she was “honored and excited to be working with the Earthshot team.”
Speaking of the appointment, Prince William said Ms Ardern’s “lifelong commitment to supporting environmental and sustainable solutions” and her experience “would bring a rich infusion of new ideas to our mission.”
“Four years ago, before the Earthshot Prize had a name, Jacinda was one of the first people I spoke to, and her encouragement and advice were crucial to the initial success of the prize.
“I am enormously grateful to her for joining us as she takes the next steps in her career,” he added.
The Earthshot Prize was created by Prince William to finance projects that aim to save the planet.
Joining Earthshot’s board of directors, Ms Ardern said that since its inception she had believed in the “power of the prize to encourage and spread not only desperately needed innovation, but also optimism.”
The former New Zealand Prime Minister attended the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit in New York in September 2022, where she spoke on behalf of Prince William, who had remained in the UK following the death of the late Queen Elizabeth.
Board chair Christiana Figueres said she was “delighted” to welcome Ms Ardern and had long been inspired by her “work as a catalytic force in the effort to combat climate change.” .
Since her resignation, Ms Ardern will also serve as an unpaid special envoy for Christchurch Call, which she co-founded in 2019 to unite tech companies and countries to combat extremism, according to the Reuters news agency.
Prince William and Ms Ardern have met on numerous occasions, including when the former New Zealand leader visited Kensington Palace during a visit to Britain in July last year.