GLOBE Mexico’s former Vice-president becomes new Environment Minister

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GLOBE Mexico’s former Vice-president becomes new Environment Minister

GLOBE International is delighted to congratulate the former vice-president of GLOBE, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, on his recent appointment as Mexico’s new environment minister by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Minister Pacchiano is a member of the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico (PVEM) and served in the Mexican Congress from 2009 to 2012 representing Querétaro. He takes over the role of environment minister as the government prepares for two major upcoming international summits: the Sustainable Development Summit in New York later this month and COP21 in Paris in December.

Mexico was the first developing country to adopt comprehensive climate change legislation in 2012 and continued its tradition of climate leadership by becoming the first developing country to publish its post-2020 climate change action plan in March 2015 - the so-called INDC (Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution), which all UNFCCC member states are expected to submit ahead of the UN’s climate talks in Paris in December 2015.

Minister Pacciano becomes the latest member of the GLOBE International network of parliamentarians to be appointed to a cabinet position in their national government.

In 2014, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi appointed GLOBE India president, Prakash Javadekar as his environment minister, GLOBE India's distinguished founder Suresh Prabhu as Cabinet Minister in charge of Railways, and Rajiv Pratap Rudy as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.

In October 2014, Isabella Lövin, the former Vice-President of GLOBE EU (European Parliament) was appointed Sweden’s minister for international development cooperation.