04 May Another woman has been appointed as UNFCCC Executive Secretary
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has a new Executive Secretary. Patricia Espinosa Cantellano was selected on 3 May to take over from Christina Figueres, who was appointed following COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009 and will leave this position in July after two terms in office. Patricia Espinosa successfully acted as President of COP16 in Cancun in 2010, in her capacity as Secretary of Foreign Affairs for Mexico. She will officially assume office on 6 July 2016 for a three-year term.
— Christiana Figueres (@CFigueres) May 3, 2016
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, informed COP President Ségolène Royal of his choice in a letter sent on 29 April.
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) May 3, 2016
As former Secretary of Foreign Affairs and current Mexican Ambassador to Germany, Ms. Espinosa Cantellano will have the difficult job of leading negotiations between 196 countries on the implementation of the Paris Agreement concluded at Le Bourget in December 2015 during COP21.