PRESS RELEASE – Yesterday the General Secretary of the Organization of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, announced his intention to designate the Mexican Emeritus Ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantelleno as the future Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The General Secretary informed that he began consultations with the Conference of Parties through its bureau. Once these consultations are concluded, the General Secretary will make a formal designation.
This nomination constitutes of a clear recognition of the General Secretary of the work of Ambassador Espinosa in the field of climate change, as well as her experience and commitment with the multilateralism. In December 2010 in Cancun, Ambassador Espinosa presided the 16th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 16) and the 6th Conference of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol, in which the agreements of Cancun were adopted that allowed the restart of the negotiations on climate change and led to the adoption of the Paris Agreement in COP 21 last December.
Mrs. Patricia Espinosa is a Career Diplomat and was the Minister of Foreign Relations of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, since 2013 she serves as the Ambassador of Mexico to Germany.
The Government of Mexico congratulates her on this nomination, while reaffirming her commitment to the fight against climate change.