Mexican president arrives in Copenhagen for climate change meeting

11:25, December 17, 2009      

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Mexico's President Felipe Calderon has arrived in Danish capital Copenhagen to attend the United Nations' Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting on climate change, the president's office said on Wednesday.

The president was accompanied by the nation's foreign minister, Patricia Espinosa; the president of the state-run National Ecology Agency, Adrian Fernandez; and Mario Molina, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for identifying gases that destroy ozone in the upper atmosphere.

They will all take part in Thursday and Friday's heads of state session, in which leaders are expected to seek an agreement to substantially cut carbon dioxide emissions. Calderon has been nominated as the first to speak in recognition of his work to promote the battle against climate change in Mexico.

Mexico has proposed the Green Fund, a 10-billion-dollar plan to boost schemes that trap carbon dioxide, which has been taken up by the United Kingdom, Norway and Australia. The nation has also unilaterally decided to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 50 million tons a year by 2012.

The president's office statement said Mexico seeks an agreement that will see the world reduce emissions by up to 40 percent by 2020 and at least 80 percent by 2050, compared with 1990 levels.

Source: Xinhua
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