Mexico City, 1 July 2020
By December 31 of 2020, 25 years will have passed since my entry to Habitat International Coalition (HIC), also my last day of work.
First, I would like to express to my co-workers in Mexico and in the other offices of HIC, as well as to the people receiving this email, how grateful I am for so many shared experiences and lessons during this time.
In September of 1995 the General Secretariat of HIC had its offices in Mexico City. At that time, by competition means, I was hired as an Accountant by the Architect Enrique Ortiz who was, at that moment, the General Secretary. Among the few and oldest memories I have left, is the enormous quantity of newsletters sent, on those days by post mail, to an infinity of organizations around the world. I also remember that Enrique really liked the financial reports I presented to him, and how he started to take them joyfully to the annual assemblies. Few months later, it was hard for me, due to my lack of experience, to collaborate with the organization of who would assist to the parallel conferences of “Habitat II”, celebrated in Istanbul in 1996.
I have with me a beautiful remembrance of the transition of the General Secretariat to the Regional Office in Latin America, marked by the World Assembly of Inhabitants celebrated in 2000 in Mexico City. In 2003, I was appointed Administrator, and in 2004 I assumed the Legal Representation of HIC-AL. From there I experienced several internships and exchanges: all beautiful moments wrapped in a rainbow of topics and participants from different Mexican and foreign communities. I enjoyed for 16 years the exquisite presence of the presidencies of Enrique Ortiz and Lorena Zárate. I am especially grateful for having participated in 2016 in Quito, Ecuador at the Habitat III Conference.