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UNFCCC Chief to Step Down in July

Christiana Figueres thanks governments and observers as she prepares to step down as UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, has formally written to governments and observers under the UN climate change process announcing her intention to step down from the post. The full text of the letters, which are available under the UNFCCC’s Notifications to Parties and Observers, follows:

The journey that lies ahead will require continued determination, ingenuity and, above all, our collective sense of humanity and purpose. I know that together you will again rise to the task.

It is with deep gratitude to all of you that I write to formally announce that I will serve out my term as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which finishes on July 6, 2016, and not accept an extension of my appointment. The Paris Agreement is a historical achievement, built on years of increasing willingness to construct bridges of collaboration and solidarity. It has been an honor to support you along this path over the past six years.

We now move into a phase of urgent implementation. The journey that lies ahead will require continued determination, ingenuity and, above all, our collective sense of humanity and purpose. I know that together you will again rise to the task.

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