Patricia Espinosa Cantellano (born October 21, 1958) is a Mexican politician and ambassador. She is currently serving as the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Previously, she served as the Mexican Ambassador to Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Slovakia. Besides, she served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of President Felipe Calderón.
|Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change|
|Assumed office |
18 July 2016
|Preceded by||Christiana Figueres|
|Ambassador of Mexico to Germany|
6 September 2013 – 18 July 2016
|Secretary of Foreign Affairs|
December 1, 2006 – December 1, 2012
|Preceded by||Luis Ernesto Derbez|
|Succeeded by||José Antonio Meade Kuribreña|
Patricia Espinosa Cantellano
October 21, 1958
Mexico City, Mexico
|Political party||National Action Party|
|Alma mater||El Colegio de México Graduate Institute of International Studies|
She completed her graduation in International Relations from El Colegio de México. She got a diploma in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland. She is married and has two children.
Espinosa joined the Foreign Service on September 16, 1981. She 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. She also served as general director of the Ibero-American Summit and the Summit of the Americas.
She was promoted to Ambassador within the Foreign Service in 2000. She served at the Mexican Embassy in Germany from January 2001 to June 2002. She left the post to serve as Ambassador to Austria. It was concurrent with a number of international organisations in Vienna, from June 2002 to November 2006.
On November 28, 2006, President-elect Felipe Calderón announced that she would serve as his Secretary of Foreign Affairs starting on December 1, 2006. Her importance included the diversification of the United States-Mexico agenda (heavily concentrated on immigration and security issues). It also includes the rebuilding of diplomatic relations with Cuba and Venezuela. These were strained during the previous administration.
In May 2016, she was selected by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
- "Profile of Patricia Espinosa" (in Spanish). Felipe Calderon's Official Website. 2006-11-29. Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2006-11-29.
- ""Se hará política exterior de Estado": Patricia Espinosa" (in Spanish). El Universal (Mexico). 2006-11-29. Retrieved 2006-11-29.
- "Ban announces intention to appoint seasoned Mexican diplomat to head UN climate framework". United Nations. 2016-05-03. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
- Members International Gender Champions (IGC).
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Luis Ernesto Derbez
| Secretary of Foreign Affairs
1 December 2006–December 2012
José Antonio Meade Kuribreña