2011 Green Solutions Exhibition
“Shaping Clean Policy for a Low Carbon Economy”
After its resounding success at COP16 in Cancún in late 2010, the second “Green Solutions” exhibition was held at the Banamex Exposition Centre in Mexico City from 23 to 25 November. This time the event received the support of public entities such as Pro-México, the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the private sector and civil society were also active participants.
On 23 November, Reforestamos Mexico, A.C. organized a discussion panel on “Sustainability Strategies of Mexican Companies and Value Chains”. Dolores Barrientos, UNEP representative in Mexico, acted as the moderator of the panel of speakers, which included Gustavo Pérez, sustainability director for Restaurantes Toks; Laura Bonilla, manager of corporate affairs for Unilever; and Vivian Alegría, director of the Coca-Cola Mexico Foundation. In the dialogue that took place, emphasis was placed on the importance of sustainability and community development in companies' corporate strategies. Of particular interest were projects with a high degree of social content such as the organic handcraft supply chains being developed by Restaurantes Toks in indigenous communities in extreme poverty; Unilever's corporate sustainability strategy for 2020; and the reforestation and water-harvesting programme being carried out by Coca-Cola in Mexico.
“Communication on Climate Change and its Influence on Public Policies”
Participants at this forum, held on 25 November, included Dolores Barrientos, as a panellist; Grethel Aguilar, regional director for Mesoamerica of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Marco A. Encalada, general manager of OIKOS Ecuador; and Damiana Sánchez Yeskett, coordinator of advisors to the Office of the President of the Mexico. The panel was moderated by Miguel Ángel Cervantes, an advisor to Senator Alberto Cárdenas. In her presentation, the UNEP representative emphasized the importance of communicating scientific information on climate change and properly channelling it to decision makers. She also stressed the importance of conveying the complexity of climate change through easily understood and consistent messages, in order to provide incentives for actions on a larger scale for dealing with the phenomenon.