Ban Ki-moon formally appoints Espinosa to head UNFCCC

By Charles Ogallo.

Former Mexican Diplomat Patricia Espinosa
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has finally appointed Patricia Espinosa from Mexico as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Espinosa who did a great job in leading the Cancun COP in 2010 takes over from  the out-going UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres who prepares to step down in July this year. 

The ex-Mexican Foreign Minister's appointment follows approval from the bureau of UNFCCC in Bonn Germany.

Christiana Figueres announced recently she will be stepping down in July after the successful Paris climate agreement to cut emissions.

The 59-year-old Costa Rican Thursday welcomed Espinosa's appointment saying
“I consider Patricia Espinosa the right person at the right time for advancing the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement”.

Figueres had earlier noted she would not accept any extension of her term as head of the Bonn-based UN Climate Change Secretariat after what she called the historic Paris Agreement.

 “The journey that lies ahead will require continued determination, ingenuity and, above all, our collective sense of humanity and purpose,” she wrote in  a letter to governments, which agreed a goal in Paris to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2100.

According to UN Climate Change Newsroom, Ms. Espinosa has more than 30 years of experience at highest levels in international relations, specializing in climate change, global governance, sustainable development and protection of human rights.

Since 2012, she has been serving as Ambassador of Mexico to Germany, a position she also held from 2001 to 2002. She previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012.

Story courtesy of UNFCCC .
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