Written by Tharushan Fernando
10 Dec, 2015 | 11:29 am
Time magazine named German Chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 “Person of the Year”, noting her resilience and leadership when faced with the Syrian refugee crisis and turmoil in the European Union over its currency this year.
Merkel topped the list of eight finalists. The others on Time’s shortlist were Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Black Lives Matter activists, Caitlyn Jenner, Uber founder Travis Kalanick, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Merkel is the first individual woman to hold the title in 29 years, though women have been honored as part of a group. Last year, a group of Ebola doctors and survivors won the title.
In a conference in Germany, Merkel highlighted the necessity for the transport sector to be as energy efficient as possible, to help keep global warming to below two degrees and made the comments after 11 days of face-to-face climate negotiations in Paris, where a slimmer but still-troubled draft of a global climate agreement was released on Wednesday, revealing countries remain divided over several core issues.
Negotiators from 195 countries have gathered on the outskirts of Paris seeking common ground for controlling greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet and disrupting the climate.
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