UN Secretary General Nominates New UNFCCC Executive Director Patricia Espinosa
Patricia Espinosa has been nominated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to serve as the next Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ms. Espinosa is the Mexican Ambassador to Germany and has served as the Mexican representative at the United Nations Headquarters. She also chaired the 16th Conference of the Paris of the UNFCCC in Cancun.
According to the UNFCCC announcement, the Secretary General will now consult with the Bureau of the organization, and they will release a further announcement regarding the nomination.
Ms. Espinosa is expected to succeed the current UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, also a national of a developing country, Costa Rica. Ms. Figueres has served two terms as the Executive Secretary and led the organization to a successful outcome at COP21 Paris in December 2015, when 175 states (and the EU) signed the Paris Agreement.
To learn more about Christiana Figueres’ climate leadership, read our interview with Ms. Figueres for the Global Leadership Dialogues.