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Sustainability. New General Climate Change Law Bill [06/12/2011].

On December 6, 2011 the Senate of the Republic approved the minute of the proposal for the new General Climate Change Law, which was sent for discussion to the Chamber of Deputies for possible subsequent approval.

The purpose of the bill sent by the Senate is to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Mexico and to promote planning for the implementation of mitigation and adaptation measures to climate change in the short, medium and long term, combining responsibilities and participation among the three branches of government, the private sector and civil society.

Sustainable development is the guiding principle of this bill, which seeks to adjust more than 40 federal laws in order to incorporate the concepts of mitigation and adaptation to climate change into our national legal-regulatory framework. It also contemplates the creation of a system of permanent evaluation through which the progress and challenges of the matter, which will serve as a basis for decision making and adoption of measures to confront climate change.

This is the first serious and comprehensive effort by Mexico to introduce into our legal framework not only the recognition of the phenomenon that presumes climate change, but above all the assumption of the challenges that it gives us as a society and state in the immediate and long-term through established and recognizable public policies.

It is clearly a bill that could be enriched by the deputies, whose main challenge will be to find the balance between sustainability and development, incorporating with responsibility the concerns of the private sector without annulling the purpose of the law.

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