Christian and Former Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa is eyed for the most important chair in the United Nations amid the worry on the effect of the prevailing global warming to help strengthen Paris Agreement to shift the world economy from fossil fuels.
U.N Secretary General Ban Kimoon himself was the one who nominated Espinosa to take the place of Christiana Figueres, who is scheduled to leave as chief of the U.N Climate Change Secretariat by July.
Her nomination though needs the concurrence of the 11-member U.N bureau, but Figueres, a Costa Rican, said there never was a case that the nomination of the Secretary-General is challenged though some diplomats expect the position would shift from Lain American. Each of the 11-member represent at government worldwide and is led by French Environment Minister Segolene Royal.
Espinosa, 57, is currently Mexico's ambassador to Germany. She earned the U.N confidence because of her handling in the World climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico in 2010. She was then the foreign minister and was given standing ovation after brokering a deal to bring the ant-global warming campaign back on track after the failure of the fractious 2009 summit in Copenhagen.
The Cancun Climate Change Conference drew almost 12,000 participants, including 5,200 government officials, 5,400 representatives of UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations, and 1,270 accredited members of the media.
The 195-nation talks culminated in December 2015 with a deal at a Paris summit to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2100, shifting to cleaner energies such as wind and solar power.
The Agreement's central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The job of the new U.N. climate chief will be to oversee and strengthen that agreement.