Legal Analysis of Mexico General Law on Climate Change
Mexico passed the General Law on Climate Change on April 19, 2012,establishing a new leading global legal best practice to address climate change and transition to a green economy. The new Law, only the second climate change law in the world, removes the challenge from the whims of political parties and electoral cycles, declaring it to be a long-term priority of the Mexican State. It represents a major step forward for Mexico, and for those countries that choose to learn from it.
Since 2009, IDLO has provided legal research, analysis, engagement and technical assistance to both the Mexican Federation and several Mexican States on climate change issues. IDLO's partnership with the Mexican Government on these issues continues, with continued funding from IFAD, to spread the lessons learned in Mexico to Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala as well as other countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
Mexico has firmly established itself as a global leader in setting a strong regulatory framework to move to a low-carbon emission economy. As a new global legal best practice for climate change, many lessons can be learned from Mexico's bold actions, as outlined IDLO's legal analysis of the innovative new institutions and mechanisms established by the new Law. IDLO remains committed to providing the technical assistance and the sharing platform of international best practices for countries to pass their own tailored laws and institutions to actively address climate change.