New Executive Secretary of UNFCCC is Patricia Espinosa a Mexican Diplomat (Download PDF)


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New executive secretary of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) is UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has selected Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa. She will succeed the mandatory Christiana Figueres in July 2016 after her term ends.

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Patricia Espinosa new executive secretary of the UNFCCC

  • She was serving as Mexico’s ambassador to Germany Earlier she had also served as Mexico’s representative at the UN in New York for drug traffic, human rights, women promotion, social development and children’s rights before this selection.
  • She will play an significant role in executing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change that was accepted by 195 countries in December 2015 during UNFCCC’s COP 21 held in Paris, France in her new role.

About UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)

  • The UNFCCC is an international environmental treaty transferred at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and entered into force in 1994.
  • It has close worldwide membership with 196 member countries and European Union (EU).
  • It is the parental contract of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol which was approved by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties.
  • The eventual objective of both agreements is to become stable greenhouse gas (GHGs) concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will avoid risky human meddling with the climate system.

About Patricia Espinosa:

  • Patricia Espinosa Cantellano was born on 21st October 1958 at Mexico.
  • She is a Mexican politician and diplomat.
  • She has completed her graduation in International Relations from El College de Mexico and earned a diploma in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 4, 2016


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