2nd Mexican statement towards Cancún

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Mexican flag above the World Social Fourm Tematico at Zocalo in Mexico City were the different strand of the climate movements in Mexico came together in May 2010.

(Diálogo Cambio Climático – Espacio Mexicano frente a la Crisis Climática)

August, 2010

The  Espacio Mexicano frente a la Crisis Climática[1] (ES-MEX) and the Diálogo Climático, Encuentro de las voces de los pueblos y los movimientos frente a la crisis climática[2], join together civil society and social movement actors interested in exchanging information, discussing the main topics of the climate crisis, promoting political mobilization and bringing together educational actions and others in order to spread information in face of the next (16th) Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), which will take place between 29th November –  10th December 2010 in Cancún, Mexico.

It is a pluralistic and open space, in which different opinions, strategies and political cultures are expressed, and at the same time it is organized based on a clear political stance for common action.

The Diálogo Climático and ES-MEX consider the creation of consensus as an open and honest process of dialogue and discussion, recognizing that there exist different initiatives and groups acting in the COP 16 process and afterwards both at a national and at an international level. The Diálogo Climático and ES-MEX are considered to be part of the Mexican social movement and therefore we invite other national and international initiatives to an open dialogue in order to establish the agreements needed to unify the national and international civil society actions. Thus we have called for the Diálogo Climático, Encuentro de las voces de los pueblos y los movimientos frente a la crisis climática, with the aim to create a platform of both the national and international civil society actors towards the COP 16, as well as of the actions organized both in Cancún and in other parts of the country and the world.

The opportunity of common actions and strategies is based on a shared political position towards the main topics and actors within the global climate crisis and as well as on the will of giving a voice to the civil society, thus putting consensus in the center. Simultaneously, a debate about topics and strategies, on which different ideas and positions exist, is favored, with the aim of deepening the analysis and the exchange of ideas and information.


The Diálogo Climático and ES-MEX consider climate change not only an environmental problem, but  the reflection of a global crisis with multiple dimensions: economic, social, cultural and political. The main problem is an unjust and unsustainable model of production and consumption, which has caused climate change, social inequalities, poverty, exclusion, gender inequity and environmental exploitation.

As citizens, we recognize that we are responsible for the environmental deterioration and the damage of the earth, and we assume that it is necessary to act as a consequence exerting our citizen rights. Nevertheless we put emphasis on the necessity to face the structural causes of the climate crisis which are to be found, as mentioned above, in the unsustainable model of production and consumption being the most responsible the highly industrialized economies , as it is already recognized in the  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The disastrous failure of COP 15 and the Copenhagen “agreement” show that the governments are far from making real commitments when it comes to the reduction of emissions and to the changes needed to get to the root of the problem. Therefore it is urgent and necessary to increase the power of the people and the organized civil society in order to favour a real solution to the climate crisis.

The proposal we impel is not circumscribed to actions within the ongoing international meetings, in this case COP 16, but to the creation of  local and national agendas to unite the global movement for climate justice. This implies multiple and decentralized processes which include the commitment of many organizations and movements of every state and region in Mexico and from all over the world.

We state that it is necessary to analyze, to understand, and to revive those civil society documents and declarations which came up in international events, in particular the agreement drawn up at Rio ’92 “For fair, democratic and sustainable cities, villages and settlements” and the Peoples’ Declaration about Climate Change, emanated from the Cochabamba Peoples Summit last April.

We promote the analysis of the different governmental positions and of other actors intervening in the international negotiations and debates, but we hold the view that the articulation of Mexican movements can only come from local organizations and not from international nominations. As a civil society platform we are autonomous form the government and political parties.

The organizations which promote this initiative provide their links to international organizations in order to strengthen a common platform on which Mexican organizations host a space for the global movement within the preparation process towards Cancún.


We declare that we promote at least five types of strategies which will make the proposals and claims of the people and the organized civil society in the COP 16 process visible.

1.      Analysis and discussion in order to reach consent on positions and proposals towards the climate crisis by means of organizing seminars, round-table conferences, workshops etc. jointly between national and international organizations or through the initiatives of multiple actors, previously and during the COP 16.

2.      Realization of a new session of the International Climate Justice Tribunal as an international initiative which we join and consider a privileged space for Mexican and international movements to denounce their cases.

3.      Social mobilization that expresses the voice of the peoples and social movements in the streets by means of organizing protest marches, meetings, sit-ins and cultural and educational events.  The organization of an unitary march in Cancún and concerted actions at other places throughout the country and the whole world at the same time, are desirable.

4.      Joining together local, national and international organizations in order to generate a geographic space and an activity calendar spread unitarily which facilitates the diversity of proposals, opinions, strategies and actions. This implies a register of participants and self-organized events, in order to look for coverage of the basic logistic requests of the different national and international action initiatives.

5.      Information and public spreading in the media of proposals and actions that give visibility to civil society, strengthen the educational work and the local, national and international struggles by means of writing declarations, documents, press releases, communiqués etc.

We respect organizations which decide to combine advocacy and mobilization strategies (the “inside and outside” strategy) at the COP 16, but we do not accept any initiatives that declare themselves as being the sole representative of civil society.

We call for persons, organizations, networks and movements to join the creation of a strong and unitary forum towards the climate crisis by means of:

1.      Signing on to the announcement of  “Diálogo Climático, Encuentro de las voces de los pueblos y los movimientos frente a la crisis climática” and the registration of participation in Cancún, which can be found at: www.dialogoclimatico.org

2.      Registering activities to be made in Cancún, which we suggest to be concentrated between December 6th and 10th.

3.      Organization of seminars, round-table conferences, workshops and meetings in order to discuss the climate crisis and participate in the construction of a local, national and international agenda about the climate crisis, which gives way to a discussion agenda and the positioning of the Mexican and the international movement in Cancún.

4.      Contribute to the construction of a concerted action platform of civil society previously to and during Cancún.

Dicussions at WSF Tematico in Mxico City in May on Cancun

Mexican organizations:

Peasant Organizations:
Consejo Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas (CONOC)
Coordinadora Nacional Plan de Ayala (CNPA)
Asociación Mexicana de Uniones de Crédito del Sector Social (AMUCSS)
Asociación Nacional de Empresas Comercializadoras de Productores del Campo (ANEC)
Alianza Nacional de Agropecuaria y Pesquera, El Barzón
Movimiento Agrario Indígena Zapatista (MAIZ)
Frente Democrática Campesino de Chihuahua (FDC)
Red Mexicana de Organizaciones Campesinas Forestales (RED MOCAF)
Unión de Pueblos de Morelos (UPM)

Environmental Organizations:
Asociación Interamericana de Defensa del Medio Ambiente (AIDA)
Bio TU
Bios-Iguana, A.C.
Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA)
Grupo de Estudios Ambientales (GEA)
Coalición de Organizaciones Mexicanas por el Derecho al Agua (COMDA)
Presencia Ciudadana Mexicana AC
Otros Mundos Chiapas- Amigos de la Tierra México
350 Org
Guardianes de los Volcanes
Marea Creciente México
Sakbe Comunicación Ambiental
Fondo para la Comunicación y la Educación Ambiental, A.C.
Red Manglar México
Caza Imagen
Red de Organizaciones Ambientalistas de Zihuatanejo (ROGAZ)
Centro de Capacitacion Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico en Energía y Sustentabilidad, A.C.  (CCIDTE)
Colectivo Ecologista de Jalisco.
Movimientos ecologistas de tabasco METAB. A.C

Organizations for Gender Justice:
Red Nacional Género y Economía
Red de Género y Medio Ambiente.
Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia, A.C.
Asociación Mexicana de Mujeres Líderes Microempresarias
Frente Cívico Netzahualcoyotl, A.C
Servicios Integrales para Mujeres Emprendedoras A.C. (SIEMBRA)
Red de Investigadoras por la Vida y la Libertad de las Mujeres
Centro de Apoyo Solidario, Documentación y Estudio A.C.
Colectivo Feminista Binacional-Baja California
Mujeres Organizadas en Pie de Lucha A.C.
Unión Campesina Democrática-Tlaxcala
Mujeres por México en Chihuahua. A.C.
Mujeres para el Dialogo  (MpD)
Red de Investigadoras por la Vida y la Libertad de las Mujeres A.C
Centro Laboral México, IAP
Colectivo de Mujeres de Sonora
Mujeres Trabajadoras Unidas, A.C.
Red de Mujeres Radialistas
Red de Mujeres Lideres por la Equidad y una Vida Libre de Violencia, A.C.
Centro de Apoyo para el Movimiento Popular de Occidente A.C.
Alianza Feminista de Nuevo León
Mujer y Medio Ambiente
Masculinidad y Políticas, A.C.

Organizations of the Urban Popular Movement, Unions and Workers Organizations:
Unión Popular Revolucionaria Emiliano Zapata (UPREZ)
Unión Popular Valle Gómez
Movimiento Urbano Popular-CND / RMALC
Patria Nueva
Comité de Lucha Popular
Barzón de la Ciudad de México.
Unión Popular Benita Galeana.
Coordinadora de Organizaciones Sociales Unión de Colonias Populares
Asamblea de Barrios Santa Maria la Ribera
Central Unitaria de Trabajadores
Asamblea de Barrios Ciudad de México
Federación de Organizaciones del Autotransporte de Turismo Similares y Conexos de la República Mexicana
Sociedad Organizada en Lucha
Proyectos Populares.
Frente Auténtico del Trabajo
Unión Popular Democrática. Cancún
Cooperativa de Vivienda Digna
Fundación Valle Verde
Asociación para la Vivienda y el Bienestar Social
Taller de Comunicación Popular – UPD, Quintana Roo
Unión de Colonos Inquilinos y Solicitantes de Vivienda de Veracruz (UCISVER)
Alianza Internacional de Habitantes (AIH – México)
Asamblea de Barrios Vanguardia Ciudadana
Coordinadora Metropolitana de Movimientos Sociales
Frente Nacional del Movimiento Urbano Popular
Fuerza Ciudadana
Superbarrio Gómez
UPREZ – Benito Juárez
UPREZ – Centro
Movimiento Popular Francisco Villa
Central Unitaria de Trabajadores
Siervos de la Nación
Unión de Colonias Populares
Consejo de Defensa de la Vivienda
Consejo Campesino Urbano Popular Obrero
Unión de Asociaciones Civiles de Cuajimalpa
Sindicato de Trabajadores Administrativos de la Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco (STAIUJAT).

Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores del Seguro Social (SNTSS) sección XXVI
Sindicato de Telefonistas de la República Mexicana (STRM) sección 80.
Sindicato Independiente Nacional de Trabajadores de la Salud (SINTS) sección Tabasco.
Comité Nacional de Estudios de la Energía (CNEE) Tabasco.

Organizations and movements against megaprojects, dams and free trade:
Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositores a la Presa la Parota (CECOP)
Alianza Mexicana por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos (AMAP)
Red Mexicana de Acción Frente al Libre Comercio (RMALC)
Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA)
Movimiento Mexicano de Afectados por las Presas y en Defensa de los Ríos (MAPDER)

Organizations from civil society and the academic field:
Centro Operacional de Vivienda y Poblamiento (COPEVI)
Colectivo ADA
Colectivo Luna Sexta
El Poder del Consumidor
Instituto Maya
Instituto Mexicano de Educación para el Consumo, A. C
Abogados Democráticos de Quintana Roo
Fundar Centro de Análisis

Fundación Heinrich Böll Stiftung. Oficina Regional para México, Centroamérica y El Caribe

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