Patricia Espinosa has previous experience in tackling issues such as climate change and global sustainable development.
Patricia Espinosa has been appointed the new Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) replacing Christina Figueres who is set to retire after six years in the role. The Mexican diplomat will start her new role in July when climate talks are set to start.
Since 2013, Espinosa has been serving the position of Ambassador of Mexico to Germany and has more than 30 years of previous experience in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and human rights according to UN News Center.
The Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon chose Espinosa for the position about 30 days ago and the nomination was agreed upon by a governing council of countries. Many believe her to be a huge asset in the discussions and implementations of climate change agendas over the years to come as she previously gained widespread recognition for her role in guiding the Cancun climate summit in 2010 to a successful conclusion.
“I stand ready to work with all governments – as well with all other stakeholders – to realize the inspiring aims and ambitions of the new UN climate agreement adopted in Paris last December,” Espinosa said in a statement.“This is the time for implementation and action – action that science informs us must be swift, decisive and sustained.”
“Named by the UN Secretary-General to the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, she is a tireless supporter of multilateralism as a way to improve conditions for development in all regions of the world, understanding the inextricable link between the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals,” the statement said.