Cecilia Conde

COP20: Cecilia Conde, INECC

COP20 (09/12/14) – Conde explains that in Mexico adaptation should not be separated from development. Progress cannot be made in economic, cultural or educational development if synergies are not created between sustainable development and adaptation. Currently, Mexico have devoted 50% of their climate change budget to adaptation, with efforts focusing on agriculture, water resources, human health and urban regions. Conde thinks Mexico will need to change practices and processes as well as make structural changes.

Public awareness in Mexico is high, especially among young people in the areas of biodiversity and climate change. This year at COP20 Conde thinks Latin American countries are building new types of partnerships, and working together in technical and scientific fields. Finally, Conde explains that equity and human rights are very important cross cutting issues to Mexico and awareness of these issues are being incorporated in the Mexican adaptation actions.