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The Mario Molina Center participates in the COP-21



November, 2015

The Mario Molina Center (MMC) is participating in the XXI edition of the Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21 held in Paris, France as an international effort seeking global solutions to this phenomenon.

The Center will be represented by Dr. Mario Molina as part of the Mexican Delegation, and later through Dr. Francisco Barnes, executive director of the MMC.

Dr. Molina was present today at the opening of the Conference as a member of the Mexican Delegation COP21led by President Enrique Peña Nieto, with the intention of strengthening a formal path towards a global agreement that limits the rise in temperature.

In this context, Mario Molina assures that “what is already clear, based on scientific data, is that the consensus among the scientific community is very clear, the science of climate change is very well established and human activities are causing the temperature rise of the planet.”

Dr.  Molina is optimistic that increasing and eventually binding measures will be adopted in order to combat climate change, and commented that “the commitments that each country will present to reduce emissions at the COP21 in Paris is a good start, but it is necessary to establish limits and put a price on global carbon emissions.”

“It is a matter of fundamental ethics, they’re universal values, because we want the world’s population to improve their quality of life, that is why we cannot accept the kind of risks that are posed with a temperature increase higher than 2°C .”

The agreement of the Paris Conference (COP 21/CMP 11) will be guided by principles of equity and common responsibility but differentiated, depending on the respective capacities and taking into account the particular circumstances of each nation.

The negotiations are developing frameworks to increase actions and accountability in the following key areas:

  • The commitments and national plans after 2020, gathered in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).
  • International Transparency and accountability of countries´ actions.
  • Adequate technological and financial support for developing countries so they can build their own clean energy future and climate resilience.
  • Long-term global emissions trajectory and direction.

Over the following days, more than 100 heads of state, business leaders, government officials and representatives of civil society, will converge in Paris with the intention of establishing agreements around pollutant emissions and limit global warming.