The climate resilience minister for the Caribbean island nation of Grenada has been tapped to become the next United Nations climate chief, according to three sources familiar with the selection.
Simon Stiell, who had served as Grenada’s minister for climate resilience and the environment until this year, will replace Patricia Espinosa, whofinished her second, three-year term as executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in July.
“Before and during Cop26, president Alok Sharma placed Stiell and Danish environment minister Dan Jørgensen in charge of leading consultations on how countries can reduce their emissions faster this decade to keep 1.5C within reach. These discussions led to countries agreeing to “revisit and strengthen” their 2030 climate plans by the end of 2022, although few have followed up on this promise.”