In a key moment for the design of national and international policies that drive growth in the context of global economic crisis, the Club de Madrid and the Mexican Presidency of the G20, with the help of AeroMéxico and Acciona, organized a roundtable on April 30th 2012 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico to identify and discuss recommendations on this issue, which is of vital importance for the G20 agenda and a top priority for the Mexican presidency. The recommendations will be handed in by Dra. Lourdes Aranda, Mexican Sherpa to the G20, to President Felipe Calderón before the upcoming G20 Summit in Los Cabos in June , and will be delivered to the G20 Development Working Group´s.
Given the turbulent economic and political situation currently facing the world, the upcoming G20 summit in Los Cabos will have special relevance in its search for solutions and their application. The summit will bring together 19 countries, plus the European Union as an economic bloc, which jointly represent 90% of global GDP, 80% of world trade and two thirds of the world´s population. One of the themes at the center of international debate, and a topic for the summit, is the goal of green growth.
Why ¨green growth¨? Because only with growth is it possible to create jobs and prosperity, and only with green growth can we reduce current vulnerabilities and plan for the future. In this regard, it is fundamental that the G20 lead and direct sustainable, balanced, and equitable growth. The principle basis for making decisions should be that they are ¨environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially just.¨
With this in mind, participants at the roundtable today analyzed three fundamental aspects of green growth:
Green growth requires the involvement of all sectors of society; major public-private alliances for the development of technology and infrastructure; academic research and citizen participation. All of this should take place under strong political leadership, supported by a legal framework that provides, both nationally and internationally, for green development. In this regard the involvement of all countries, especially of the G20 member countries who bring their high level of industrialization and internationally recognized leadership in economic cooperation, is necessary. The Club de Madrid hopes that the objective of green growth put in place by the Mexican Presidency can be strengthened and expanded by future presidencies of the G20.
The positive impact of green growth on a citizens´quality of life makes it a fundamental component of 21st century democracy. Green growth´s capacity to strengthen and enhance the quality of goods and services, and human development, contributes to the principle mission of the Club de Madrid: creating more effective democracies.
The roundtable was attended by various Members of the Club de Madrid, including: Joaquim Chissano (former President of Mozambique), Ruud Lubbers (former Prime Minister of the Netherlands), Jorge Quiroga (former President of Bolivia and Vice President of the Club de Madrid), and Andrés Pastrana (former President of Colombia). It also included representatives from the Mexican Presidency of the G20, including Dra. Lourdes Aranda (Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs and Sherpa to the G20), Gerardo Rodríguez Regordosa (Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs and Sherpa to the G20), Roberto Marino (Special Representative for the Mexican Presidency of the G20), and other politicians, academics, recognized world experts in green growth, and Mario Molina (President of the Mario Molina Center.)