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12/06/2010

Secretary Espinosa hosts Stakeholder’s Engagement in Climate Action

Oxfam calls for policy design on $100 billion annual climate fund

Representatives of official delegations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) met on Monday at the Moon Palace Hotel to discuss the role that civil society plays in developing and defining policies and initiatives to confront climate change.

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs and president of the COP16/CMP6 climate conference in Cancun, hosted the plenary session attended by Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.

Carlos Zarco, director of the Oxfam confederation in Mexico, also spoke at the event. He said that Oxfam supports the commitment of developed countries to jointly mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 to assist developing countries in climate mitigation and adaptation, a scheme arranged in Copenhagen last year at the COP15 conference. However, he urged public officials and NGOs to define the fund’s architecture for a speedy implementation.

“Millions of people in the world…are already suffering the impact of global warming, and we can and should do something about it,” he said.

“It is crucial that (the decision-making process) favors a balanced participation of countries receiving the funds, particularly the most vulnerable ones. The biggest indicator, however, of the effectiveness of the financing will be to ensure that resources reach those who really need them most, in particular women, farmers and indigenous communities.”

He added that, “For Oxfam, it is not a question of discussing which countries (will receive aid), but rather of identifying where are the most vulnerable populations.”

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OSC, mitigation, adaptation, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Carlos Zarco, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa

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