UN Secretary-General appoints Patricia Espinosa Cantellano Executive Secretary of UNFCCC

May 19, 2016 12:08 IST

Patricia Espinosa CantellanoUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 18 May 2016 appointed Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

The appointment was made after consultation with the Conference of Parties through its Bureau.

Espinosa Cantellano will succeed Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica.

Who is Patricia Espinosa Cantellano?

At present, Espinosa Cantellano is serving as Ambassador of Mexico to Germany.

She joined the Foreign Service on 16 September 1981. She then served at the Mexican delegation to the United Nations in Geneva.

From 1992 to 1997, she worked at the Mexican delegation to the United Nations at New York City and served as general director of the Ibero-American Summit and the Summit of the Americas.

She was Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012.

She holds more than 30 years of experience at the highest levels in international relations, with a specialization in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and protection of human rights.  

Born in 1958, she holds postgraduate degree in International Law from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva. She also obtained a degree in international relations from El Colegio de Mexico.  

About United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 14 June 1992.

The UNFCCC was adopted on 9 May 1992, and opened for signature on 4 June 1992.

It entered into force on 21 March 1994.

The UNFCCC objective is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

The framework set no binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions for individual countries and contains no enforcement mechanisms.

Instead, the framework outlines how specific international treaties may be negotiated to set binding limits on greenhouse gases.

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