The initiative is born from the current authorities of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and people who have much knowledge and experience on the subject. However, what is sought is the active and determined participation of the different actors of Guatemalan society who play a key role in protecting or deteriorating the environment.

That is why we consider that an Environmental Pact must include: the productive sector of the country, which is the main user of natural resources; Civil society, representing the interests and points of view of the various sectors that are impacted by the use and / or abuse of natural resources; And the State, for designing and executing public policies.

Building process

Between November 5 and January 7, 2016 the process of construction of the Environmental Pact, which seeks to result in a series of multisectoral commitments of voluntary adherence between leaders representative of the State, the productive sector and civil society for a clean, green Guatemala , Competitive and resilient for all.

The initiative was based on the current authorities of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and knowledgeable citizens and experts on the subject. It seeks the active and determined participation of the different actors in Guatemalan society who play a key role in protecting or deteriorating the environment.

The Environmental Pact is a multisectoral commitment of voluntary adherence among representative leaders. It includes the country’s productive sector, which is the main user of natural resources; Civil society, representing the interests and points of view of the various sectors that are impacted by the use and / or abuse of natural resources; And the State, for designing and executing public policies.

Participants have worked around a Agenda that outlines goals and a roadmap with lines of action in favor of the environment for the next 5 years.

An information condensate on the Covenant is contained in topics and documents.

COP21

Between 30 November and 11 December 2015, the international community meets in Paris to reach a new agreement on global climate change. COP21 is the abbreviated form of English for the twenty-first Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This title was created at the summit held in 1992 in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, where for the first time countries concerned with climate change met. There it was agreed a convention that came into force in 1994 and has been signed by 195 countries. The key to the agreement lies in the “stabilization of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a level that prevents harmful human interference in the climate system.”

The Paris 2015 agreement has the potential to push countries and communities simultaneously to work towards reducing carbon emissions while adapting to the long-term impacts of climate change. The purpose of Paris is to work on a way to limit emissions of these gases, while allowing countries to continue to grow and to help those less developed and more affected by the rise in temperatures. Due to its high vulnerability, Guatemala requests the Assembly of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, meeting at COP21 / MOP11, the full and explicit recognition of the Central American Isthmus as a particularly vulnerable region that bears an abnormal load And disproportionate to the adverse effects of climate change and variability, bearing in mind their specific needs. The position of Guatemala is in the section on topics and documents.

A citizen movement

The Environmental Alliance is a multi-sector citizen movement that seeks to accompany the implementation of the 2016-2020 Environmental Pact and keep it current on the national agenda. This Alliance is another expression of the Guatemalan Spring and therefore is based solely on the will, commitment and enthusiasm of its members to enforce the Pact.

Its specific objectives are:

  • Promote joint action and multisectoral collaboration to implement the content of the Environmental Pact.
  • Carry out a social audit and advocacy to promote the implementation of the Environmental Pact, when necessary.

It is made up of representatives and leaders representing sectors and institutions that built the 2016-2020 Environmental Pact, as well as those who wish to join in bringing concrete contributions and commitments to advance the country’s environmental sustainability.

In order to function, the Environmental Alliance has a Promoter Committee made up of three people from different sectors, elected democratically in the Assembly. The Promoter Committee will be re-elected every six months or as the Assembly so provides.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will join the Environmental Alliance as an interlocutor in the Advisory Council of said Ministry.

Promoter Committee for the period “January-June 2016”

  1. Edwin Castellanos, Director of the Center for Environmental Studies of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
  2. Otto Becker, Member of the Board of Directors of Chamber of Industry of Guatemala
  3. Marco Vinicio Cerezo B., President of the Association of Non-Governmental Organizations of Environment and Resources