The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, announced today the appointment of the Mexican Luis Alfonso de Alba as his special envoy for the climate summit to be held in September 2019.
De Alba will be in charge of directing the preparations for that meeting, in which international leaders are expected to review the commitments made in the Paris Agreement and agree on more ambitious measures against global warming.
According to the United Nations, the Mexican diplomat "will be responsible for cooperation with key strategic leaders on climate issues, including governments and coalitions, to galvanize climate action and leadership ahead of the summit."
The meeting, to be held in New York next September, was announced this year by Guterres, who wants member states to push for more ambitious goals than those agreed in Paris in 2015.
In a statement, the UN explained that De Alba will work alongside other senior officials of the organization, such as special envoys for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, and for the Oceans, Peter Thomson, as well as Guterres' special adviser for the Climate Change, Robert Orr.
The new special envoy was until now undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico and has a broad diplomatic career.
Among other positions, De Alba has been ambassador of his country to the UN in New York and Geneva and representative to the Organization of American States.
In addition, he was the special representative of Mexico for Climate Change, a position in which he led the negotiations at the United Nations Conference for that matter held in Cancun in 2010.