A delegation of EU representatives is visiting Mexico to promote circular economy initiatives and build environmental cooperation.
The delegation, led by the EU’s Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella, includes more than 70 representatives of 17 Member States. Delegates will meet with their Mexican counterparts to discuss ways of creating business opportunities through circular economy principles, both in Mexico and across the EU; and encourage policy developments promoting resource efficiency, circular economy initiatives; and growth which is both sustainable and inclusive.
Commissioner Vella said: “On environmental issues, Mexico is a valued partner for the EU in international fora. Now we are joining forces to achieve a circular economy. For this to happen, we need our respective businesses to close this loop. The circular economy mission that we are bringing to Mexico this week is how we do it. It is our joint work to turn today’s challenges into opportunities and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The circular economy mission, which took place yesterday and today, will be followed by the eighth EU-Mexico High Level Dialogue on Environment tomorrow, 26 April. The High Level Dialogue, aimed at boosting cooperation and collaboration between Mexico and the EU, will focus on the issues of air quality and pollution; forests and biodiversity; compliance with global environmental policies; and further ways to enhance the circular economy in Mexico. By fostering close communication and the free exchange of experiences and best practices, delegates aim to build closer ties and promote the concept of the circular economy internationally.
Mexico, which is the second largest economy in Latin America, has been working towards reducing its national impact on climate change and environmental concerns in the face of pressures generated by rising populations and rapid urbanisation. The EU’s mission to promote the circular economy in Mexico comes as part of a wider effort to promote sustainable development worldwide.