Martha Delgado is a leading figure in the environmental movement involved in political society in Mexico. Her leadership results from over twenty years of experience in various civil society organizations dedicated to sustainable development and the strengthening of citizenship, and fifteen years of experience in public administration at the federal and local levels.
She served at the federal public administration where she acted as advisor to the Presidency of the National Institute of Ecology from 1993 to 1998, in charge of the decentralization process of environmental management, and thereafter of the public participation to generate new decrees for Natural Protected Areas. During five years she led one of the most important environmental civil society networks, the Union of Environmental Groups, composed of a hundred of Mexican ecologist groups.
From 1998 to 2003 she was President of the NGO Mexican Citizens Presence, dedicated to promote democracy, environmental agenda, and the participation of youths in the public sphere; and she also founded in 2006 the Mexican Alliance for a New Culture of Water. From 2003 to 2006 she was elected Independent Deputy in the Third Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, where she created and chair the Water Management Commission. Martha is fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development Program (LEAD) funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.
Martha Delgado was Minister of the Environment of Mexico City during the administration of Mayor Marcelo Ebrard (2006-2012), where they develop ambitious environmental policies like the Green Plan of Mexico City, the Climate Action Program, the bike sharing system ECOBICI, the recovery of the Magdalena River, the last living river in the city, among others.
At the international sphere Martha served as First Vice-President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, an international organization that regroups over a thousand five hundreds cities from all over the world (2011-2014). She works at Fundación PENSAR, as a General Director of the Secretariat of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate, a local leaders initiative that joint 338 Mayors of the world to combat the global warming (www.mexicocitypact.org). Martha is also member of the Advisory Committee of the Momentum for Change initiative at the UNFCCC and member of the international jury of the WWF Earth Hour City Challenge award. Currently Martha is studying sustainability and environmental management at Harvard University.
Doctor in Law, Professor of Higher Education and Lawyer, Houria Tazi Sadeq is expert in legal and institutional issues related to water, environment and sustainable development. She also holds the UNESCO Interdisciplinary Chair for the Sustainable Management in Casablanca. Meanwhile, she is President of the Alliance Mashreq Maghreb for Water,former Governor to the World Water Council (Marseille) and former President of the International Secretariat for Water (Montreal). She is a member of thinking and working groups and conducts research and has published numerous articles in the field of water and sustainable development at national and international level.
She is the author of a book entitled “the water right to the right to water, in Morocco and elsewhere, UNESCO Publishing and the United Nations University”, a second is being published “Water: A to Z”.
Her academic training and community action in Morocco, at the MENA and International level gives her a life experience and a knowledge of the field and in social, associative and important institution. In addition, she participated in various discussion circles of international cooperation that support and finance development projects. She has extensive experience in the organization, implementation and evaluation of projects with sustainable development and gender perspective and knowledge of cooperation and public policy strategies.
She has organized numerous meetings and training and is the initiator of the International Technology Fair Water and Sanitation “SITeau” which just held its fourth edition.
Initiator of SITeau, she was appointed a member of the Regional Council of Human Rights in Morocco and coordinates work on the implementation of Article 31 of the Constitution which recognizes the right to water, to environment and sustainable development.
Detrimental effects of climate change can be felt in the short-term through natural hazards, such as landslides, floods and hurricanes; and in the long-term, through more gradual degradation of the environment.
The adverse effects of these events are already felt in many areas, including in relation to, inter alia, agriculture and food security; biodiversity and ecosystems; water resources; human health; human settlements and migration patterns; and energy, transport and industry.
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