Democracy That Delivers

2012 - Mexican presidency

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G20 Mexico Club de Madrid
With the support of:
G20 Mexico, CLub de Madrid, Aeromexico

During the Mexican presidency of the G20, the Club of Madrid renews its commitment with group and and offers the experience of its members to ensure the success of the meetings.

We have organized a roundtable in Mexico City called "The G20 in a post crisis: the need for green growth" on Monday, April 30 at the Chancellery of the Government of Mexico (Avenida Juarez 20, Downtown , CP 06010, Delg. Cuauhtemoc. Mexico City). The sessions are divided as follows:

  1. Opening Session: Lourdes Aranda, G20 Sherpa, Government of Mexico. Jorge Quiroga, Vice President of the Club of Madrid and Teresa Ribera, former Secretary of State for Climate Change of the Government of Spain.

     

  2. Session I: Limited resources and growing population. The growing world population faces challenges by the consequences of climate change. Likewise, the world population will increase to nearly 9 billion for 2040, and the number of middle class consumers will increase by 3 billion over the next 20 years, so the demand for resources will increase exponentially. By 2030, the world will need at least 50% more food, 45% more energy and 30% more water. Speakers: Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Director of Development Research at the African Development Bank. Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International. Joaquim Chissano, Mozambique's former President and Member of the Club of Madrid and Teresa Ribera, former Secretary of State for Climate Change Government of Spain.
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  4. Session II: Green Cities - energy efficiency, infrastructure and transport networks. Cities consume between 60-80% of energy traded, and are responsible for roughly the same proportion of emissions of greenhouse gases. The urban population will represent 2/3 of the total population by 2030, and in less developed countries is increasing at a rate seven times higher than in developed nations. This could be an opportunity for renewable energy, green buildings and other kind of technologies, construction, infrastructures and transports. This sector has also potential for creating jobs. Speakers: José Antonio Ardavín, Director, OECD Centre in Mexico for Latin America. Michael Schmitz, Executive Director, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, USA. OHL (representative to be confirmed). Andrés Pastrana, former President of Colombia and Member Club of Madrid and Teresa Ribera, former Secretary of State for Climate Change Minister of Spain
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  6. Session III: Taxation and Subsidies Fossils - The financing of the change. In 2009, governments around the world spent 312,000 million to subsidize the consumption of fossil fuels and 100,000 million to subsidize fossil fuel production. Also, according to the International Energy Agency, in 2010 only 8% of subsidies to fossil fuel consumption reached 20% of the poorest population. It also estimated that the effects of gradually reducing subsidies for fossil fuels by 2020 would include a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 6.9% (2.4 Gt) by 2020. If the amount spent on subsidizing fossil was combined with tax measures on these resources, the availability of financial resources that would allow an increase of the Green Fund and the financing of development programs would be increased exponentially. Speakers: José Luis Samaniego, Director of the Division for Sustainable Development and Human Settlements of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), Alejandro Toledo, Peruvian former President and Member of the Club of Madrid and Teresa Ribera, former Secretary of State Government's Climate Change in Spain
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  8. Conclusions and Closing Remarks. Jorge Quiroga, Vice President of the Club of Madrid and Former President of Bolivia and Teresa Ribera, former Secretary of State for Climate Change of the Government of Spain.
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