Femicides Decrease/Mexican Program Inspires COP26 AgreementBy Paloma Duran | Wed, 11/03/2021 - 11:31
Femicides decrease. Minister of Security and Citizen Protection Rosa Icela Rodríguez announced that in September there was a 63 percent decrease in femicides compared to August. “September was the month with the fewest femicides since the beginning of this government. We were also able to reduce other crimes, such as human trafficking and family violence, which fell 12 percent in September."
According to figures from the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection, there were 68 femicides in September, while in August there were 108 cases. According to the NGO Common Cause, in 2020, there were 977 femicides, while in 1H21 the figure reached 508, with May and March being the most violent months with 99 each.
Cities with the highest number of femicides. Icela highlighted that Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Culiacan and Guadalajara are the cities with the highest rates of femicide and intentional homicide against women. As a result, Icela assured that priority is being given to these cities to combat and eradicate violence against women. “Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Culiacan, Guadalajara, are among the Top 10 places for intentional homicides against women. Under this guideline, the demand for security will be addressed in a comprehensive and focused manner. In addition, actions are agreed to address and eradicate impunity,” said Icela.
Previously, the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection released a report in which it is observed that Morelos, Sonora, Quintana Roo, Colima, Jalisco, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa and Chiapas concentrate the highest rates of femicide at the national level. According to the report, these states concentrate 57.4 percent of the country’s investigations of femicides.
Clandestine gas intake explodes in Puebla. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador thanked elements of Puebla’s police, Civil Protection and other authorities for preventing a major disaster after a clandestine gas intake exploded in Puebla. López Obrador called on the population to denounce the theft of fuel and gas to end this crime and reduce the risk of accidents. “We must applaud the work of Puebla’s police, the Army and corporations that helped PEMEX control the fire. It took time because it was a gas pipeline in the middle of the city, one of the most populated areas, so the situation was very serious."
On Oct. 31, a clandestine gas intake exploded in San Pablo Xochimehuacan, Puebla, killing one person and injuring 11. According to the authorities, a gas leak was reported at 1:34 a.m. and at 2:50 a.m., the explosion occurred, after which elements of Civil Protection, the municipal government, PEMEX, the Ministry of National Defense and the National Guard arrived at the scene to control the ensuing fire.
COP26 agreement on deforestation is based on Sowing Life. López Obrador said that the agreement signed at COP26 to establish a global reforestation program and commitments for 2030 was based on his Sowing Life program. “What was the most significant thing about that meeting? It was the signing of the agreement, which was based on our reforestation program.”
During COP26, world leaders representing more than 85 percent of the planet's forests, agreed to end and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030. Committed nations include Canada, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the US and China. During the meeting, 12 countries agreed to donate US$12 billion for protection and restoration. López Obrador's Sowing Life program seeks to create jobs and improve the quality of life in Central America and southern Mexico by addressing the region's two main problems: rural poverty and environmental degradation. However, according to experts, this is a long-term plan and is not designed to address many of today's problems.
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