Mexico Reports Advances on 2030 GoalsBy Sofía Hanna | Fri, 10/01/2021 - 14:42
Mexico has made significant improvements in its agricultural practices and promoted agroforestry, agro-ecological systems and the reduction of agricultural fires, indicated the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) and the National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP) during the Remtech Europe conference. These actions are part of the country’s progress as it advances to complete the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
“The sector’s achievements have been possible because, on the one hand, there is an institutional and planning framework that recognizes the importance of the task Mexico agreed upon with the SDGs. This framework is reflected in the National Strategy for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the country,” said Sol Ortiz García, General Director of Attention to Climate Change in Agriculture, in the presentation “The agricultural sector in Mexico and its contribution to the SDGs.”
The mechanisms being developed include various internal coordination mechanisms in the agricultural, aquaculture and fishing sectors, according to Ortiz García. These mechanisms facilitate Mexico’s coordinated contribution to several SDGs, particularly those pertaining to end hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture. In addition, these mechanisms promote sustainable consumption and production patterns and actions to adopt urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects. To achieve the SDGs, it is essential to promote a comprehensive approach nationally and internationally, since greater coordination is required.
These efforts are increasingly important because the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) 2030 Agenda regressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions, as previously reported by MBN. Mexico is experiencing one of its most intense droughts in decades, with 85 percent of the country currently facing drought conditions that are depleting large water reservoirs. Now, more than ever, the need for international cooperation in the development and implementation of measures that are also fair and equitable for developing countries is essential.
While Mexico has taken the initiative on multiple occasions on matters regarding climate change, it needs to continue promoting investment projects in the agricultural, fishing and aquaculture sectors, mainly in the country’s southeast since it is a region with high productive potential.