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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on May 31st, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (PJ@SustainabiliTank.com)

2012 G-20 Mexico summit
Host country Mexico
Date June 18 – 19
Venue(s) to be determined
Cities Los CabosBaja California
Participants G-20 members
Follows Cannes summit, 2011
Precedes Russia summit, 2013
Website G2012 México.org

www.g20.org/en

On the way to Rio the Rio Summit – June 20-22 – Mexico believes the forum June 18-19, can better represent developing countries in both vision and policy. Under the leadership of President Felipe Calderón, Mexico will seek to expand the scope of the G-20’s development focus.

At the recent CARICOM meeting in Barbados Mexico SAid:

The Mexican G20 Presidency does not intend to replace international organizations, but to guide and promote the processes undertaken in those organizations. We consider it a fundamental platform for dialogue, analysis and proposals that will allow peoples and governments to understand their mutual problems and to find their solutions.

Specifically, under Mexico’s G20 Presidency, we have put together an ambitious agenda for development. The present economic crisis will not be the only topic, nor is it likely to be the main concern on the agenda. We expect to discuss long-term plans for sustainable, balanced growth in   the future.

As a result, in the talks prior to the actual Summit meeting, we have included more subjects on development than have been discussed at any other Summit.

The current world financial crisis is on the agenda, but we have also included economic development of poor countries.

The restructuring of international financial institutions is part of the agenda; but we have also included, the topic of financial inclusion for the world’s poorest families, who are not eligible for loans or credit and whose future looks very bleak.

We have included topics regarding the economic balance between nations; but we have also included food security, knowing that the poorest people in the world, millions of which live in our countries, have suffered from severely harsh food price increases for years.

As per all our previous discussions, we are insisting on having such issues as infrastructure and green growth included on the agenda.

Another characteristic of the Mexican G20 agenda is the attempt to make the consulting process more inclusive. As President of the G20, Mexico has gone to great lengths to incorporate the opinions of all countries, particularly those of developing nations, through dialogue undertaken with non-member countries, a case in point being the CARICOM.

We have also invited Chile, as the President of the CILAC, to take part in the G20 Summit.

For Mexico, it is very important to hear the perspectives of developing countries regarding the best way to increase world economic growth.

I am aware of the problems experienced by many countries in the Caribbean, some of which are quite vulnerable, and I am aware of the fact that the classification of one of these countries as a middle-income nation results in unfair treatment for many of them.

That is why I would like to assure you, my dear friends, that Mexico will  try hard – we are already working on it– to have the ideas and suggestions of the CARICOM members considered during the next meeting the Leaders of the G20 in Los Cabos.

The Caribbean nations can count on Mexico as a friend and partner that will represent this region –a region we are proud to be a part of–.actively within the G20.

Ladies and gentleman, Heads of State and Government of the CARICOM and of the Caribbean region.

Mexico is a proud Caribbean country and we look on the sea that touches all our shores not as an obstacle that separates us, but rather as a bridge that will lead us to a better future.

History, geography, and culture have enabled us to have a common destiny.

Something I am also very interested in, an issue we will discuss at the G20, but that we will also have an opportunity to discuss here at this Summit, is the issue of the environment and the need to seek environmental alternatives.

Mexico – and I personally – share the concern of the island states, particularly with respect to climate change, the potential rise of sea levels, and the consequential demand for international commitment and action here and now.

This is why Mexico will continue to share and sympathize with the environmental anxieties of island states, including those of the CARICOM. This is not just a matter of charitable concern, but a true preoccupation for their survival.

As a result, we are also committed to finding alternative and renewable sources energy in order to be able to face the problems of climate change and also to lessen, through those alternatives, the suffering that our poorest families face given the price of fuel today.

My friends, It is a privilege for me to be in Barbados, with your happy and hospitable people, to visit this beautiful corner of our continent and to hold discussion with my dear friends, colleagues, and Heads of Government of the Caribbean community.

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Which of the Heads of State that will be at Los Cabos will in effect continue to Rio? Will there be last minute changes?

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