Mexico shows leadership on climate change issue

The Mexican Space Agency (AEM, for its acronym in Spanish) is participating in efforts to combat climate change, in which Mexico shows leadership among the 175 countries that signed the Paris Agreement, as the first to ratify the agreement.

“Since the beginning of the administration and the full entry into force of the EMA in 2013, we have redoubled efforts to join actions in the country in the fight against Climate Change, the greatest shared challenge of humanity, increases the intensity and frequency of hurricanes,” said the Director General of the AEM, Javier Mendieta Jiménez.

In the framework of the National Atlas of Climate Change Vulnerability (ANVCC, for its acronym in Spanish), conducted by the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC, for its acronym in Spanish), where a team of specialists from the AEM participated, the director highlighted other aspects of importance of this global theme.

He recalled that in September 2015 Mexico hosted the Summit of Heads of Space Agencies (IAA, for its acronym in Spanish), where he achieved the “Declaration of Mexico”, a unified position of space agencies around the world against Climate Change.

The Declaration was presented at the COP21 (21th UN Conference on Climate Change) in Paris, France, where Mexico received a Vice Presidency at the IAA, in virtue of its Latin American leadership in international space cooperation.

The international community redoubles efforts to develop the resilience of their respective countries to Climate Change.

Hence the importance of the 2014-2018 Special Program for Climate Change of the Federal Government and that of the ANVCC, an invaluable tool for decision-making.

He recalled that the country has advanced in the establishment of Early Warning Systems, for example, through the integration of Mexico this year to the GEONETCast-Americas System, a network of satellite resources to protect the population against natural disasters.

In a statement, the AEM, a decentralized agency of the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT, for its acronym in Spanish), stressed that “Mexico stands out as an actor with global responsibility, committed to the greatest causes of humanity as it is the fight against Climate Change and advances in its insertion as an important country in space matters”.

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