Costa Rica Shines at Climate Change Conference

At the Paris Climate Conference (COP21), Costa Rica has taken on a leadership role, and this has been noticed by attendees and the international press. The delegates from Costa Rica are lead  by Chancellor Manuel Gonzalez, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affair, and by Chief United Nations Climate Affairs Negotiator Christiana Figueres.

The Eiffel Tower with Pura Vida

The iconic Eiffel Tower was illuminated with a special message: “100% Pura Vida,” honoring Costa Rica and her participation in COP21.

The inauguration night of the Conference in Paris, the iconic Eiffel Tower was illuminated with a special message: “100% Pura Vida,” honoring Costa Rica and her participation in COP21.

One of the major goals of COP21 is to do everything possible to prevent global warming to increase by two degrees Celsius. There is a scientific agreement that natural climate change is being hastened by human action and as a result, predominantly with regard to the carbon footprint and emissions shaped by industrial development and everyday actions in the 21st century.

Costa Rica considers that reducing global emissions is the most effective method to slow the human contribution to global warming and its acceleration.

Following is the official press release by The Climate Vulnerable Forum on the international resolution adopted and supported by Costa Rica:

Costa-Rica-COP21-336x200Paris, 30 November 2015 – Leaders of 30 nations seized day one of the Paris climate conference (COP21) by jointly issuing a historic declaration linking the hands of world’s vulnerable countries across continents. The broad coalition of middle-income, least developed and small island developing states worldwide opened the prospect of high ambition agreements at COP21 with issuing of strongest call to date for full decarbonization of the world economy, 100% renewable energy by 2050, and zero emissions by mid-century to keep the world on track for below 1.5 degrees of warming. “Individually, we are already survivors; collectively, we are a force towards a fairer, more climate-proactive world,” said Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III.

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), a body of countries highly vulnerable to climate change founded in 2009, adopted the Manila-Paris Declaration and a 3-year Road Map of Activities aimed at enhancing cooperation among and protection for the world’s vulnerable countries.

“Emission cuts harming economic growth is a myth. A commitment to reduce emissions is most likely a commitment to strengthen economic growth. This has been Costa Rica’s experience. Keeping warming to a minimum – to below 1.5 degrees – won’t simply deliver safety and prosperity, it will also deliver justice,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica Manuel Gonzalez.

“We refuse to be the sacrifice of the international community in Paris. Anything that takes our survival off the table here is a red line. All parties have an obligation to act. Not doing so is a crime. This Declaration is just the beginning of our efforts to step up our voice and collaboration,” said Anwar Hossain Manju, Hon. Minister of Environment of Bangladesh.

“Climate change does not affect us equally. Those countries which have contributed least to the problem are often affected the most. We are here to cooperate. We are here to share experiences. Even if we contribute the least and suffer the most, we do not sit idle. Ethiopia, for example, communicated in its INDC that it will reduce emissions by 64 percent by 2030,” said Ethiopia State Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Kare Chawicha. Ethiopia was confirmed as the incoming chair of the CVF for the period 2016-2017.

The Forum’s dedicated track of Ministers of Finance, the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group, also reported on updates from the efforts of its Working Group since foundation last month in Lima, Peru. V20 Chair and Secretary of Finance, Cesar V. Purisima announced: “We are convinced that the V20 has its role to play in helping to unlock the full potential of climate finance as we look to a new international partnership for moving our effort forward. We will work in this context to take steps to enable our economies to help from $20 billion in new and additional finance by 2020, drawing from international, regional and domestic sources, and leveraging maximum degrees of private finance.”

The third ever High-Level meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum held in Paris on 30 November 2015 was the culmination of nearly two years of expert, diplomatic and senior official consultations including five regional meetings that culminated on 9-11 November 2015 with a global preparatory meeting in Manila that issued The Manila Communique.

All nominated incoming member countries named in The Manila Comminuque were recognized by the body.

Source: The Costa Rica Star

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