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The route to Mexico: Challenges and opportunities for a global agreement

Date: 20 Mar 2010

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Cancún, Mexico

Gran Cancún Room - Third floor


When delegates from around the globe get together in Mexico at the end of 2010, the results will be crucial for the developing world. Global warming is not just an environmental problem for the poorer countries — it is an issue of fundamental importance to the future of their societies and economies. Climate change is intrinsically linked to development and it will become an increasingly important issue in the future. Strategies to address development and reduce poverty will increasingly have to factor it in. And in addition, global efforts to secure strong action to combat climate change and mitigate its effects will flounder if not fail without developing countries onboard.

This event will explore the opportunities and challenges for the Region of the year 2010, a year to prepare for COP 16 in Mexico City.


The event will have a similar dynamic to a talk show. The format will have two components:

  • Panel
  • Audience participation


  • Thomas Lovejoy


  • José Mario Molina-Pasquel Henríquez. 1995 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in elucidating the threat to the Earth's ozone layer of chlorofluorocarbon gases (or CFCs), becoming the first Mexican-born citizen to ever receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
  • Rajendra K. Pachauri. Director General of TERI and Chairman of the IPCC, has become synonymous with climate change and the environment. Internationally recognized as a leading global thinker and leader of research, the more so since sharing the podium with Al Gore to receive the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC.
  • Mary Robinson. Served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland (from 1990 to 1997), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (from 1997 to 2002). Robinson's newest project is Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative, which fosters equitable trade and decent work, promotes the right to health and more humane migration policies, works to strengthen women's leadership and encourage corporate responsibility. Has called for policymakers to adopt an approach, highlighting the importance of Climate Change and Justice emphasizing that the approach to Climate Change should be rooted in Human Rights. Robinson is a member of the Madrid Club.
  • Governor Eduardo Braga. Currently in his second four-year term as Governor of Amazonas State. He is a leading Brazilian politician who was recently awarded with the title of 'Environmental Personality of the Year' (2007), after enacting the first Brazilian state-level legislation on climate change.
  • Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada. Currently serving as Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources. Under his leadership as Secretary of Environment, Mexico has developed the National Program on Climate Change (PECC), a multisectoral effort to address Climate change in Mexico.
  • Yvo de Boer. Current Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to joining the UNFCCC, he was Director for International Affairs of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment of the Netherlands. He was in charge of international policy, both in the context of the European Union, as well as involving broader international cooperation.

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