Mexico: Climate Change

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2010.

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Photo of Anas Sarwar Anas Sarwar Labour, Glasgow Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to work with the Government of Mexico on tackling climate change.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Government have prioritised working with Mexico on climate change. Our embassy in Mexico has an established team working on a wide range of political and practical co-operation, including projects to build domestic capacity in Mexico and promote opportunities for bilateral trade in low carbon sectors. Both my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and I, and Ministers at the Department for Energy and Climate Change have discussed the climate change agenda with our Mexican opposite numbers. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for Climate Change, my hon. Friend Henry Bellingham, has also met with the Mexican Ambassador to the UK to discuss Climate Change. Further ministerial contact is planned in the months ahead.

Mexico will host the next meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)-commonly referred to as the Conference of the Parties-COP 16 in Cancun in November this year. The UK and Mexico are fully supportive of ambitious global action to tackle climate change at the summit-and the UK is supporting Mexican preparations for Cancun both through support to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and through our diplomatic efforts to raise ambitions for a global deal.

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