possible to grow economically to create social well-being, while we take care
of our environment, he said.
“Let us act
now, let us take up the challenge. Let us be the generation that took steps to consolidate sustainable
development decisions. Let us make 2015 the year of the planet
Speaking today at the First
Session of Heads of State and Government of the 21st Conference of Parties to
the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, President Enrique Peña Nieto
declared, “At Cop21, we will decide the kind of world we wish
to live in and the quality of life we want for the 21st century.
“Let us act now and take up the challenge. Let us be the generation that took steps to
consolidate sustainable development decisions. Let us make 2015 the year of the planet.
President Peña Nieto declared that Mexico could not miss this historic
event for two reasons. It is an actor that has assumed its global responsibility and one that
is particularly vulnerable to the effects of this global phenomenon.
In the session chaired by the French President François Hollande, UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the President of Cop21 Laurent Fabius, the
Mexican president said that this COP21 will be a watershed for the world. “We must unit to move towards low-carbon economies
and build a more resilient world,” he declared.
Today, he said, “We welcome the political commitment of 183 countries
that have joined this global effort.”
The president said that Mexico was the first developing country to
submit to its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations.
He said, “We did so because
of we are convinced that it is possible ensure a new climate regime without
curbing economic or social development,” adding that, “It is possible to create
social well-being while protecting our environment.”
The Mexican president recalled that in October, Hurricane Patricia, the
strongest in history, showed once again the consequences and risks associated
with climate change.
He said that phenomena such as this, which are increasingly frequent and
dangerous, prove the urgent need for a dynamic, long-term global commitment
with concrete goals.
FRANCE IS ACCOMPANIED
BY COUNTRIES THAT BELIEVE IN LIFE, LIBERTY AND DEMOCRACY
President Peña Nieto said that a few days ago in France, the cradle of
freedom, equality, fraternity and human rights was attacked by those who oppose
these core values.
“France and the French are accompanied by all the countries and societies
that believe in life, freedom and democracy,” he said, telling the people and government
of this country that they have Mexicans’ solidarity and support for the
relatives of those killed in these incidents.
“The only response to intolerance and barbarity is international unity
and brotherhood,” he explained. "Today, under the leadership of France, the community of nations
will participate in one of the most important United Nations initiatives to
reaffirm the commitment to an effective, fair and courageous agreement to
tackle climate change,” he said.
The president’s speech was followed by the start of the Second COP21
Working Session, the first segment of which was chaired by the Mexican
president at the invitation of French President.
President Peña Nieto attended the luncheon in honor of the Heads of
State hosted by President François Hollande.