Global Cities Covenant on Climate, Mexico City, Mexico
Martha Delgado is a leading figure in the environmental movement in Mexico. Her leadership results from over twenty years of experience in 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.
At the federal public administration, she acted as advisor to the Presidency of the National Institute of Ecology from 1993 to 1998, where she was in charge of the decentralization process of environmental management, as well as public participation in generating new decrees for Natural Protected Areas. For five years, she led one of the most important environmental civil society networks, the Union of Environmental Groups, composed of a hundred Mexican groups.
From 1998 to 2003 she was President of the NGO Mexican Citizens Presence, which is dedicated to promoting democracy, the environmental agenda, and the participation of youth in the public sphere. In 2006 she also founded 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 chaired the Water Management Commission.
Martha Delgado was Minister of the Environment of Mexico City during the administration of Mayor Marcelo Ebrard (2006-2012), which developed ambitious environmental policies such as 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), and others.
At the international level, Martha serves as First Vice-President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, an international organization of over 1500 cities from all over the world. Currently, she works at Fundacion PENSAR, as a General Director of the Secretariat of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate, a local leaders initiative joining 286 mayors from all over the world in the fight against global warming.