Dear friends and colleagues,
On September 16, we will be celebrating Mexico’s National Day, the 210th Anniversary of the beginning of our Independence, in a strikingly different way. Our thoughts go to the victims of the pandemic and to all the heroic people who work tirelessly in fighting it in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and all over the world. Even in the extraordinary circumstances we are all facing, we want to keep the spirit high and share with you this virtual celebration with a token of the best of Mexico’s creativity, cultural and gastronomic experiences, touristic destinations, and economic and investment opportunities.
It is in the most challenging times that true friendship and partnership are tested. Mexico and the United Kingdom have demonstrated again and again that the ties that unite them are profound.
This year we continued strengthening our political dialogue, economic links and wide cultural, education and technical cooperation, even in the midst of the emergency. In early March, we celebrated the Ninth edition of the Mexico-UK High Level Economic Talks, where we reviewed the implementation of our Partnership for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth. We have also deepened our close and constructive dialogue across a broad agenda, with special attention to global and regional challenges, from climate change, biodiversity, gender equality and women empowerment to sustainable and inclusive development; and to our future collaboration in trade and investment.
Mexico and the UK have been working together in the multilateral system to face the challenges posed by Covid19 and to advance international negotiations to ensure the success of an ambitious agenda within the framework of COP26 and other collective processes. Being a responsible multilateral player, Mexico is committed to the work of the International Maritime Organization, the International Coffee Organization, the International Sugar Organization, the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, the International Mobile Satellite Organization, and the International Whaling Commission, all based in the UK.
We will remember this year as a turning point in our lives, our ways of production, interaction, and mobility. It is my hope that you stay safe and when we turn around in a few years, we will be able to say confidently that we came out of this crisis better and stronger. We look forward to seeing you again soon. In the meanwhile, ¡Viva México!
Ambassador Aureny Aguirre O.Sunza
Charge d'Affaires a.i. of Mexico in the United Kingdom
It seems like yesterday when we were celebrating last year’s National Day at the Mexican Embassy. Sadly, in these difficult times we will not be able to gather in person this year. But difficult times remind us who are greatest friends are, and the friendship between our two countries will surely survive the present challenges. We are very close politically, culturally, and in the people to people links that unite us. So I know I speak for the Royal Household and more widely in wishing all Mexicans a happy celebration of your National Day, whatever form it takes. And I wish your country peace and prosperity in the coming year.
Alistair Harrison CMG, CVO
Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps
Since January 2019, when the Mexican Cultural Diplomacy Executive Office was founded we have been in a profound innovation process and strategy to promote our country and ideas more effectively. This process has fundamentally undertaken many challenges to overcome limitations inherited from a centralist and traditional diplomatic infrastructure that carried major communication and attention issues with the 80 Mexican embassies and 67 consulates around the world.
We embarked on a broad, inclusive and intense process of meetings with all the diplomatic representations with the innovative approach of grouping them in 28 regions. From this we established the Cultural Diplomacy Regional System, which mainly operates from a powerful digital platform: diplomaciacultural.mx. Composed by 80 channels until now, where embassies and consulates broadcast and exchange their audiovisual productions, documentaries and events, diplomaciacultural.mx is also the instrument to advance, promote and broadcast our main program: Mexico in the reinvention of the world, which includes five thematic guides: Natur-Kultur, I love the love / I hate the hate, The New Social Intelligence, The Conversation, Poetry and Utopia. With the return to nature, the condemnation of discrimination and supremacism, the promotion of new cultural movements and intercultural dialogue, and the primacy of art, thought and creation, the new Mexican Cultural Diplomacy decidedly wants to be in the critical world causes.
Executive Director of Cultural Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Our travel and tourism plans have, undoubtedly, been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in what has been a challenging and stressful year for all of us. Summer is almost up, and we begin to wonder about the Holiday season, and the possibility of enjoying a nice celebration abroad. Although even the nearest future remains unclear, we like to keep our hopes up, and keep on dreaming about our next adventure!
In September, the month of Mexico’s Independence, we want to invite you to cheer up, and think of Mexico! We are making sure that your favourite destinations are ready and safe for your visit, using the highest bio-sanitary protocols that observe the highest international standards and guidelines of the British authorities. Our warm beaches, “Magical Towns”, and modern cities are eager to welcome you again. You can check our renewed site visitmexico.com and explore all the things Mexico has to offer. Don’t forget to schedule your trip now, so you don’t miss the first opportunity to travel!
Undersecretary of Quality and Regulation, Ministry of Tourism
Over the last decades, Mexico’s support has been a crucial asset towards the progress of IMO’s key policies. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Government of Mexico, its shipping industry and its seafarers for their continued cooperation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. With this, I would like to congratulate Mexico on the occasion of its Independence Day and wish the people of Mexico great success and prosperity.
Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization
I have the honour to join in the virtual celebrations to mark Mexico’s Independence Day. The ICO is proud that Mexico was one of its founding members in 1963.
Mexico started growing in the 1800s and has since developed into the ninth largest producer of coffee in the world. It is an example of a modern coffee-producing country, which is not just an exporter of green (raw) coffee, but a supplier of diverse qualities for differentiated markets, including a large amount of organic coffee, as well as processed products. In addition, domestic consumption is growing rapidly. Mexico is an example to the coffee world.
“Viva la independencia!”
Executive Director, International Coffee Organization
The International Sugar Organization (ISO) wishes to congratulate Mexico on its Independence Day and express its sincere appreciation to the government, growers, millers and everyone in the “sweet sector” for their tremendous contribution to the organization’s priorities. The ISO prays that the Mexican people will continue to enjoy well-being and prosperity.
Felicitaciones a México, ¡ país de la dulzura!
Executive Director, International Sugar Organization
It is a pleasure for me to congratulate Mexico on this important day on behalf of all its friends at the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds.
Mexico is and has been for a long time a major leader in the oil world in Latin America and has always played a leadership role in the organs of the IOPC Funds.
Director, International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds
I wish a Happy Independence Day to Mexico and all its people. Having been a distinguished member of IMSO for the last 25 years, Mexico’s significant developments in satellite communications over the last decade, including the launch of the MEXSAT satellite system, promises a strong and fruitful relationship going forward.
Captain Moin Ahmed
Director General, International Mobile Satellite Organization
Made in Mexico
The Embassy works hard to promote Mexico's economic interests in the United Kingdom, seeking to increase the volume of trade and investment flows, diversify our export basket and add greater value and complexity to local economies. The economic complementary between the two countries favours innovation, inclusion and diversification for Mexican companies in the British market.
The Impossible Orchestra
Conductor Alondra de la Parra brings together The Impossible Orchestra, formed by outstanding musicians from 14 different countries, in order to support Mexican women and children affected by COVID-19, through two non-for-profit organisations Fondo Semillas and Save the Children. The Impossible Orchestra makes its debut with the interpretation of the quintessential Mexican symphonic composition: Danzón No. 2, by Arturo Márquez.
The Blue House: Frida Kahlo's Museum
House-Museum Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo
The museum is set in the house where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived since 1934 and until their deaths. It was converted into a museum afterwards. The museum's collection consists of photographs, furniture, jewellery, cloths, and personal belongings that Kahlo used herself. There is also a set of pre-Hispanic sculptures that the artists collected throughout their life.
The National Museum of Anthropology
It is the most visited museum, with the largest archaeological and ethnological collection of Mexico’s millenary civilisations and diverse indigenous legacy. Some of its most known pieces are: the Sun Stone or Aztec Calendar (picture in the background), the monumental sculpture of Coatlicue, the Tizoc Stone, and the colossal head of a Xiuhcoatl (fire serpent). The museum has a vast learning programme to increase awareness and promote the knowledge and conservation of cultural heritage.