Mexico will give 250 million dollars for the Caribbean to prepare against climate change


[email protected] The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray , and the Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO ), José Graziano da Silva, signed the Agreement for the Establishment of the Mexico-FAO Trust Fund : “Mexico-CARICOM-FAO Initiative, Cooperation for Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in the Caribbean”.
In a ceremony that took place at FAO headquarters in Rome Italy, it was explained that this Fund aims to mobilize international financing for projects that significantly transform the conditions of resilience and adaptation to climate change of agriculture, food systems and rural communities in the beneficiary countries of the Caribbean .
This mechanism will allow the Caribbean countries to access different financing mechanisms, such as the Green Climate Fund (FVC) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), among others. It will have an initial budget of 500 thousand dollars, contributed in equal parts by Mexico and FAO ( 250 thousand dollars each ).
Through a statement, the Secretary of Foreign Relations He reported that Videgaray stressed that this Agreement will achieve concrete results “to make the Caribbean a region more resilient to climate change and the meteorological phenomena that derive from it. The aim is to help the Caribbean countries to present projects that build resilience, particularly in the agri-food sector “.
This Mexican-FAO Trust Fund, explained the Mexican foreign minister, provides not only for the contribution of financial resources, but also for human resources and training “with the same purpose: to prepare better the Caribbean Islands before hurricanes and tropical storms , which are becoming more intense due to climate change “.
The countries of Caribbean, Mexico and FAO have jointly identified specific projects to be developed this year focused on improving actions for cultivation, water management, soil and habitat restoration, reforestation and reforestation. With the subsequent contributions, work will continue for the next five years.
This agreement with the FAO It is part of the Multi-stakeholder Initiative for Adaptation and Resilience in the Caribbean (MARCI), promoted by Mexico, whose objective is to mobilize resources to strengthen their capacities, through a coordination platform structured in three areas of action: comprehensive risk management , resilient agriculture and infrastructure.
The signing of this Agreement is derived from the commitments assumed by the President of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, at the 4th Mexico-CARICOM Summit, held in Belize, in October 2017. Holy See Earlier, in a visit to the Vatican, Luis Videgaray acknowledged the work of the Catholic Church in Mexico to support migrants, and reiterated the need to promote and adopt the Global Migration Pact within the framework of the UN. In this context, Foreign Minister Videgaray participated in the opening of the II International Colloquium on International Migration with the purpose of reflecting on the progress and implications of the Global Compact for Secure, Ordered and Regular Migration, where Mexico is a co-facilitator country.


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