Ban Ki-moon has selected Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa as the executive secretary of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).
• She will replace the incumbent Christiana Figueres when her term ends in July 2016.
• Before this she was serving as Mexico’s ambassador to Germany Earlier she had served as Mexico’s representative at the UN in New York
• She used to work in the field of drug traffic, human rights, women promotion, social development and children’s rights.
• She will be implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change that was approved by 195 countries in December 2015 during UNFCCC’s COP 21 held in Paris, France.
• The UNFCCC is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992
• It came into force in 1994.
• It has 196 countries and European Union (EU) as its members.
• It is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol which was ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties.
• The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas (GHGs) concentrations in the atmosphere.