SEOUL – October 22, 2014 – Mexico formalized its membership status with GGGI by formally depositing the instrument of ratification of the GGGI Establishment Agreement on October 20. A delegation from Mexico presented the instrument to the GGGI secretariat today with a brief ceremony at the organization’s Seoul headquarters. The ceremony was led by Deputy Director-General Robert Dawson, and the Mexican delegation was led by Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Jose Luis Bernal Rodriguez.
Mexico has been a key partner of GGGI since its foundation and a leader among emerging economies in promoting green growth and the climate agenda. The Federal Government, through the National Development Plan 2013-2018, is committed to inclusive green growth as an overarching component of its development strategy.
“I am delighted to be able to confirm that Mexico has ratified the GGGI Establishment Agreement and we look forward to continuously working closely with GGGI in the future,” said Ambassador Bernal.
Deputy Director-General Dawson added, “We are happy that Mexico has formalized its relationship with GGGI. This will facilitate and deepen our future cooperation.”
GGGI’s Work in Mexico
Among the organization’s projects in Mexico, GGGI has been supporting the newly created Megalopolis Environmental Commission of the Central Region of Mexico (CAMe) during its launch and in developing a set of green growth initiatives. The CAMe is a multi-jurisdiction commission that has been given the mandate of overseeing environmental issues in 5 states and the Federal District, which together form the megalopolis around Mexico City and account for about a third of the country’s population (over 30 million people), and a similar share of the national economy.
GGGI’s support for the work being carried by the CAMe includes evaluating the feasibility of economic instruments to influence the choices of transport of travelers towards the least carbon intensive and pollution options, such as green license plates and other economic incentives. These initiatives will ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions, local pollution and congestion. GGGI is working in partnership with the Mexico Low Emissions Development program funded by USAID, and Centro Mario Molina. GGGI is also supporting efforts to expand the air quality-monitoring network on the megalopolis, developing communication strategies of air quality data for key stakeholders, and homogenizing vehicle pollution standards across the region.
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a new model of economic growth known as “green growth.” The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI’s experts are already working with governments around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions.
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