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Lawmakers at Mexico Summit Focus on Fighting Climate Change


MEXICO CITY - Some 300 lawmakers from close to 60 countries are focused on achieving legislative changes in each of their nations that will help limit the rise of world temperatures, according to legislators consulted by Efe.


As part of the 2nd World Summit of Legislators, called by the Global Legislators Organization (GLOBE), that is being held in the Mexican capital and which concludes on Sunday, the lawmakers said they seek to establish commitments to pass laws that can best deal with the great global challenges of sustainable development.

"We're working to agree on a resolution that commits the world's legislators to use their formal powers to review and strengthen their national laws on climate change," the president of GLOBE Mexico and host of the summit, Mexican Sen. Jesus Casillas, told Efe.

Casillas said the central points of the program that must be established are a reduction of emissions, management of natural resources, promoting the use of green energy, and doing something about transportation, starting with the promotion of non-motorized mass transport.

He warned that if no decisions are taken, "unfortunately we could have problems of food insecurity."

Mexican lawmaker Silvia Guadalupe Garza told Efe that the summit is bent on coming up with proposals for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

For his part, Colombian Sen. Mauricio Ospina praised the announcement at Bonn by U.S. President Barack Obama about strengthening American action in this field.

GLOBE was created in 1989 by members of the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament, Japan's Diet and the Duma of Russia to deal with urgent environmental challenges through the formulation and passing of laws.


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