OPEC Secretariat receives high-level Mexican delegation

No 4/2010
Vienna, Austria
01 Sep 2010

OPEC Secretary General HE Abdalla Salem El-Badri today received a delegation from Mexico headed by the country's Minister for Foreign Affairs, HE Ambassador Patricia Espinosa. The visit comes as Mexico prepares to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 16/CMP 6) in Cancun from 29 November to 10 December 2010.

HE Ambassador Espinosa outlined the preparations being made for COP 16/CMP 6 and stressed the aim of holding an inclusive Conference that will build trust and understanding among Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She emphasised that the Conference represents an important opportunity to move forward on tackling climate change and explained that Mexico's COP Presidency aims to support the effective engagement of all Parties in the search for a balanced and satisfactory agreed outcome.

Similarly, OPEC stressed the importance of drawing on lessons from COP 15/ CMP 5 held in Copenhagen, in particular with regard to transparency in the negotiation process and the inclusive participation of all Parties. In addition, the Organization expressed its readiness to continue its positive and constructive involvement in the process and its wish that Cancun should deliver a win-win outcome for all the Parties, including OPEC Member Countries. The latter are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, as well as to the adverse impacts of response measures.

The Mexican delegation included: Ambassador Alejandro Diaz, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the International Organizations in Vienna; Mr Gerardo Guiza, First Secretary; and Mr Damian Martinez, Second Secretary.

OPEC representatives included: Dr Hasan M. Qabazard, Director of the Research Division; Mr Abdulla Al-Shameri, Head of the Office of the Secretary General; Mr Mohamed Hamel, OPEC Senior Advisor; and Dr Mohammad Taeb, Environmental Policy Analyst.