Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen believes that green and digital transformations hold the key to Europe's future prosperity and resilience.

Why you should listen

Before being elected President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen was a minister at the federal level in Germany for more than 14 years, responsible for family, labor and social affairs and later defense. She aims to lead Europe out of the coronavirus crisis, while launching the continent's recovery.

Von der Leyen's vision for a stronger Europe means a better world after the pandemic. She believes that the European Union can be a convening power for the public common goods, like our climate, our environment and finding a vaccine against COVID-19.

Ursula von der Leyen’s TED talk

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Leadership: Notes from Session 2 of the Countdown Global Launch

October 10, 2020

Countdown is a global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. Watch the talks, interviews and performances from the Countdown Global Launch at ted.com/countdown. The climate crisis demands leadership at every level. Governments, cities and businesses are three key players in designing and implementing the necessary transition. In Session 2 of the Countdown Global […]

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TED and Future Stewards announce Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis

September 14, 2020

Prince William, His Holiness Pope Francis, Yemi Alade, Monica Araya, Xiye Bastida, Jesper Brodin, Don Cheadle, Dave Clark, Christiana Figueres, Al Gore, António Guterres, Chris Hemsworth, Kara Hurst, Lisa Jackson, Rose Mutiso, Johan Rockström, Prince Royce, Mark Ruffalo, Sigrid, Jaden Smith, Nigel Topping and Ursula von der Leyen join scientists, activists, artists, schools and leaders […]

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