Amb. Patricia Espinosa: Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security, the School of Foreign Service, and the Georgetown Environment Initiative hosted a lecture and discussion with Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and a distinguished panel featuring Lorena Aguilar, Global Senior Gender Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature; Joanna Lewis, Associate Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs, Georgetown University; Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center.

Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW

Patricia Espinosa is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The UNFCCC Secretariat is the main international body charged with supporting intergovernmental climate change negotiations and providing analysis and review of climate change information and data. Ambassador of Mexico to Germany since 2012 and from 2001 to 2002, Ms. Espinosa was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, bringing more than 30 years of experience at highest levels in international relations, specialized in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and protection of human rights. Elected Chair of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (1996) she played a key role in the process leading to the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 4th World Conference on Women. Previous Ambassador of Mexico to Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and UN Organisations in Vienna (2002-2006), she was Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1991) and responsible for economic issues at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN in Geneva (1982-1988).

This event is part of the SFS CentennialEvent Series on the environment. As the School of Foreign Service approaches the one-hundredth anniversary of its founding in 2019, it is curating a year-long event seriesthat convenes thinking and reflection on vital issues across the school, the university, and the community.