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11/28/2010

Mexico inaugurates Climate Change Village

Public and private groups to share ideas on environmental conservation

Families, environmental groups and Mexican officials gathered on Saturday to inaugurate the Climate Change Village in Cancun (VCC), Quintana Roo, Mexico.
 
Non-governmental organizations, public projects and green technology firms will host exhibitions, panel debates and community activities from November 27 to December 12 as a parallel platform to the COP16 climate conference that starts on Monday.

Julio Camarena, the Administrative Undersecretary for Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), said that the village would complement official negotiations held at the Moon Palace Hotel and Cancunmesse convention center.

“This is a headquarters for the people,” he said at the inauguration.

Quintana Roo Governor Félix González Canto added that the Climate Change Village will aim to ensure that none of the 25,000 people expected to attend the COP16 conference are excluded from official climate talks.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony that night, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Chancellor, said that the COP16 must include the insight and viewpoints of environmental groups and citizens to be truly successful.

“This is why we built the Climate Change Village, to make space for inclusive and plural dialogue,” she said. “We want that all representatives of civil organizations have access to a dignified space to debate and promote your projects on (climate change).”

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also attended the opening ceremony.

Keywords
Climate Change Village, COP16, CMP6, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Kyoto Protocol, Climate Change

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