Press Release 83 - SRE - The First Informal Consultations prior to the Cancun Climate Change Conference (COP16/CMP6) conclude
- The meeting was held in Mexico City with the participation of representatives from 33 countries and the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) Secretariat
The Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (SEMARNAT) and in order to facilitate discussion, held the first meeting for informal consultations prior to the Climate Change Conference (COP-16) that will be held in Cancun from November 29 – December 11, 2010.
Participating in the meeting were representatives from 33 countries; the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard; the chairmen of the working groups in charge of coordinating the negotiating process; the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Yvo de Boer; and the United Nations Secretary-General’s representative for climate change, Janos Pasztor; all of whom exchanged opinions on how to improve the working dynamics, facilitate understanding between States and achieve substantive results in Cancun. The meeting was chaired by Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, Mexico’s Special Representative for Climate Change.
The Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ambassador Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo, and SEMARNAT’s Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning, Dr. Fernando Tudela Abad, stressed the importance of building agreements in the spirit of dialog and confidence that allow for fulfillment of the convention’s main goal: that of stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that avoids dangerous interference with the climate.
Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said that significant progress was made during the December 2009 Copenhagen Conference (COP-15), including giving the highest priority to the climate change agenda, which was reflected in the participation, for the first time in history, of 120 heads of state or government at the conference.
These consultations are part of the Mexican government’s efforts to continue the climate change negotiations in 2010 with a renewed spirit of commitment and cooperation between the countries that enables them to face the global challenge of climate change together.
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