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t has taken many years for mankind to takethe threat of climate change seriously, andnow that this is widely accepted we face anew challenge: how to get the internationalcommunity to take actions that will impact our patternsof economic growth and development.In order to break through in Cancún with a series ofagreements to help reduce emissions and adapt torising temperatures, we need to overcome the falsedilemma that has prevented progress up until now.This is the belief that we have to choose betweenfighting climate change and promoting economicdevelopment, when the truth is that unless we tacklerising global temperatures sustainable economicprogress is impossible. In fact, we must change ourway of consuming and producing or climate changewill alter our way of life permanently. We must actglobally because we are all responsible, to somedegree, for this phenomenon, and we are all affectedby it. Every country must participate in the response toclimate change regardless of its level of development.And although this is a challenge, we can all win bytaking action together. We have reached a point where we all understand thatthe fight against global warming will keep us inpartnership for many years to come and that becauseof the complexity of the climate regime and the manyissues at stake, no single decision can by itself besufficient. Our efforts are, and will remain, part of anevolving process. It is my firm belief that Cancún cantake this process to the level of real measures andagreements that will serve as a foundation for actionand agreement in the years ahead. Once we reachagreement on a series of concrete measures, they willserve not only to address the challenge we face butwill also build the trust and cooperation betweennations necessary for future accords. Parties to theUnited Nations Framework Convention on ClimateChange and to its Kyoto Protocol have worked withdedication throughout 2010 to build commonunderstandings on issues at the core of the UNclimate regime. We are now likely to see agreementsthat will result in significant progress in themultilateral negotiations.These include the establishment of a technologycommittee to facilitate the transfer of greentechnology to developing countries, the building of thefinancial architecture necessary to disburse theUS$30 billion already available from developedcountries to tackle this issue as well as the setting up of the Green Fund that will allocate US$100billion a year by 2020. And finally, we expect a newREDD+ mechanism to support forestry projects indeveloping countries, funded by various sources butalways respectful of the rights and interests ofindigenous communities.There is a possibility that we can also get a clearerdefinition of emissions reduction commitments bydeveloped countries and of actions by developingcountries. Together, these advances would put globalclimate change negotiations back on track andprovide a solid foundation for the future of thenegotiating process. And we must remember thatgovernments do not and cannot act alone. Thischallenge requires the commitment of civil societyand the private sector as well, so I call on them torespond to the hard work of the world's governmentsby bringing forward new ideas, new energy and newcommitments to ensure the process remains vibrantand inclusive. Only by acting in concert will weovercome climate change, the greatest challenge ofthis or any other era. nWELCOME012THE NEW ECONOMYAS MEXICO WELCOMES THE DELEGATES OF THE UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE -COP16 & CMP6 IN CANCÚN, PRESIDENT FELIPE CALDERÓNCALLS FOR EVERY COUNTRY, REGARDLESS OF ITS LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT, TO RESPOND TO THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGEI