CCAC Welcomes New Head
On the first of July, Helena Molin Valdés became the new Head of the CCAC Secretariat, taking over from Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Director of UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, who served very successfully as interim CCAC Head during the Coalition’s formative period.
Molin Valdés is an experienced leader within the United Nations system and a long-time proponent of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaption, and disaster reduction. She was instrumental in making the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) an important force in global disaster management, holding various positions since 2000, including Acting Director and Chief of Advocacy and Outreach. She developed and led the global campaign Making Cities Resilient, helped organize the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Kobe, Japan in 2005, and played a principal role in drafting and negotiating the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. Out of the Hyogo Framework for Action emerged the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, which Molin Valdés helped establish.
Molin Valdés has authored, co-authored or coordinated many papers, handbooks, global reviews and reports on local development, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and resilience. She has worked extensively with both UNEP and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has organized and led international delegations and events, including at RIO+10, Rio +20 and several of the UNFCCC COPs.
Early in her career, Molin Valdés headed a Swedish development NGO, Association Nicarauac, some of whose work involved improving traditional brick production and cookstoves, a key focus for the CCAC. She is an architect by training, with a degree in architecture and urban development from Lund University. She speaks English, Spanish and Swedish
“We see [SLCPs] now as very strategic.”
An interview with Lucia Cortina Correa, Director of Climate Change Mitigation Policy in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), Mexico
In 2012 Mexico became one of the few countries in the world to pass national climate change legislation. The landmark legislation brought together 13 ministries under the office of the President, along with civil society, the private sector and state and municipal governments, to create a national system to deal with climate change. The legislation mandated the development of policy instruments, such as a national strategy, a climate change program, a climate change fund, a national registry for emissions and reductions and a technical institute for climate change. Responding to the law, in June this year, new President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Estrategia Nacional de Cambio Climatico (National Climate Change Strategy) Vision 10-20-40, a national climate change strategy looking 10, 20 and 40 years into the future and intended to bring "green growth" to the country. The strategy sets out a vision for Mexico’s approach to climate change for the next 40 years and defines key lines of action to achieve it.
Mexico’s Director of Climate Change Mitigation Policy, Lucia Cortina Correa, was kind enough to spend a few minutes with the CCAC Newsletter to talk about Mexico’s view of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and their role in the country’s climate change strategy:
Read the full interview here...