Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mexico Ratifies Amendment to Kyoto Protocol

UNITED NATIONS – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that his country delivered Tuesday to the UN General Assembly its ratification of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol for the prevention of greenhouse gases.

In his address to the plenary session of the Climate Summit, called by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Peña Nieto said that with this measure, Mexico reaffirms its “confidence in the only multilateral system of regulations and facilitating mechanisms dealing with climate change.”

Doing something about climate change “requires the commitment and the sum total of efforts by all nations,” the Mexican leader said.

Extreme meteorological phenomena like those that last week slammed Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and last May hit the Balkans with the most severe flooding in a century “indicate the sense of urgency with which the world must undertake the reduction of greenhouse gases,” he said.

The president told the plenary session of the UN Climate Summit that Mexico, with a moderate 1.4 percent of the world’s emissions of greenhouse gases, is also strengthening its measures against climate change.

Peña Nieto ended his speech calling on the international community, when it meets at the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris, to adopt a workable accord that includes financial mechanisms to support the national strategies of developing countries.

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