New UN Climate Chief Announced

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has nominated Patricia Espinosa, the former Mexican Foreign Minister, as the new head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

As Espinosa is replacing Christiana Figueres who is stepping down in July after a six-year term as Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, she will help to bolster the Paris Agreement on climate action to reduce greenhouse gases and prevent dangerous levels of global warming.

The Bonn-based UNFCCC said the appointment needs to be approved by an 11-member UN bureau, representing groups of governments worldwide led by French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy,  Ségolène Royal.
Presently, 57-year old Espinosa is Mexico’s ambassador to Germany; she also presided over the UN climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, in 2010 when she was foreign minister.

More to her credit, she also aided in getting the international climate negotiations back on track in Cancun after the failure of the 2009 summit in the Danish capital Copenhagen.

We wish her all the best in her new office and hope her tenure will make a difference as her predecessor did.


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