The Moon Palace, site of COP 13. The Moon Palace, site of COP 13.

Cancún conference cost 462 million pesos

Mexico footed the bill for COP 13, an international conference on biodiversity

Hosting the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún in December cost the Mexican taxpayers over 462 million pesos, or US $22 million.


The cost of staging COP 13, as the event was called, was 50 million pesos more than the annual budget of Conanp, the agency whose role is the management of protected areas.

Obtained by the newspaper Reforma through an information request, the figures indicate that the federal government agreed to fund all the expenses incurred in the organization of the meeting.

They entailed the cost of working session venues, lodging, meals, security and other logistics, and the transportation of international government representatives participating in the series of conferences.

The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, an all-inclusive facility with room rates of at least 6,500 pesos a night, was the venue for the event.

According to figures released by the Environmental Secretariat, Semarnat, organization, equipment, security, communications and logistics cost over 355 million pesos.

Meeting room rental, lodging, meals and other basic services cost another 95 million pesos while transportation expenses came to 12.6 million.

During the two weeks of conferences, close to 10,000 participants negotiated international agreements and commitments to protect the earth’s biodiversity.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    “During the two weeks of conferences, close to 10,000 participants negotiated international agreements and commitments to protect the earth’s biodiversity.”

    Translation: “During the two-weeks of the conference overseen by Khazaria’s nascent world government, the UN, attendees from various nations carved up the Earth into zones reserved, ‘protected,’ for the exclusive access and use of connected individuals and businesses–fascism.”

    Or put another way, as none of us were there, we got nothing, and Mexicans got the bill.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

    • JaM

      Nice to have our own little Goebbels on this web site.

  • miabeach

    Did anyone at anytime suggest or demand Mexico and all of Latin America build and use sewage treatment plants and stop dumping all their raw sewage into the waterways of Latin America?

  • Jumex

    As the 1% ate lobster and quail while discussing how climate change might effect the poor.

    • Miguel

      So true!!.. Love the comments

  • Henry Wilson

    a perfect “snapshot moment” of how the tax dollars of the hard working typically impoverished mexican worker are spent by the crime families running the government of mexico.