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U.S. and Mexican Governments Announce United Effort to Combat Climate Change

Mexico City, January 19, 2012 – U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne today joined President Felipe Calderón at Los Pinos to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two governments to strengthen and expand cooperation on environmental issues with the Mexico Global Climate Change (GCC) Program, a five-year, approximately $70 million, program.

“It is a framework between our countries to advance towards a green economy, to make it happen now, as soon as possible, that to which we have agreed in different international fora; to integrate specific, financed green development and green economy projects,” said President Calderon. “It is about, as Ambassador Wayne has already said, Mexico’s and the United States’ response to the Copenhagen accords, and especially to the Cancun accords, held during COP-16, of quick-start financing for specific climate change actions, including forest and woods conservation.  This is a very important step in the long history of cooperation between our two nations.”

“Today, we enter a new era of cooperation between the United States and Mexico,” Ambassador Wayne said. “This memorandum of understanding paves the way for collaboration in a number of areas, including combating climate change, promoting sustainable, low-carbon economic development, and working to conserve and protect the environment and natural resources.” 

Under the GCC program, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will partner with the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the Department of Energy (SENER), the National Forestry Commission, (CONAFOR), the National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP), the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE), non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

“With the signing of this memorandum of understanding, Mexico becomes a tangible beneficiary of an initiative which was placed, with the help of the United States, in the multilateral agenda,” noted SEMARNAT Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada. “This tool supports the continuity of international efforts to face climate change, including the development of clean energy, as well as the recovering and conservation of forests and woods, the great allies for reducing polluting emissions.”

The program comprises two fundamental components, including the Mexico Low Emissions Development (MLED) Program and the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Initiative (fact sheet attached).