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12/09/2010

Dialogue between Civil Society and Legislators

They join forces to pass laws against Climate Change

In the forum Mexico in your senses, a space for dialogue between Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and actors in the legislative power  was given, in which views were exchanged on both sides about the fight against Climate Change.

The dialogue began with a presentation of Willy Sousa’s video, which is part of the exhibition that energizes participants to bring real change for Mexico. Jorge Villareal, moderator of the meeting, said that international agreements will be of no use, unless they have a basis in national legislation.

The challenge for policymakers is to assume the political cost of adopting policies that are naturally unpopular. Omar Vidal, General Director of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Mexico, said the nation needs a government policy which goes beyond the six-year period. Sandra Guzmán, Coordinator of the Energy area for the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA), said that Climate Change is a cross-cutting issue and must be addressed holistically.

Beatriz Paredes, Federal Representative in Mexico, said that CSOs have a leading role and that the country is at a juncture in time for hosting the COP16/CMP6 as well as for the political will that has been revealed.

Senator from the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Ludivina Menchaca, reiterated its support to CSOs and said that it is essential to rely on these bodies to have impact reach society.

It is necessary to focus on the similarities rather than differences in order to reach agreements that span.

Keywords
Villa Climate Change, Civil Society Organizations, legislative framework, Beatriz Paredes, WWF, CEMDA, COP16, OSC, cop16, climate change

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