·        It is 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.


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.