Costa Rica is promoted as a sustainable destination with the PreCOP25
The Central American country will host the preparatory meeting for the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
The event will take place on October 8, 9 and 10 at the National Convention Center and positions the country as one committed to multilateral processes and as a global climate leader.
It is visualized as a key space after the Climate Summit convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York in September of this year.
“Costa Rica believes that PreCOP must be part of the global climate milestones of 2019 to contribute to achieving positive results at COP25 and, above all, to increase the ambition of climate action, which allows us to meet the goals of the Agreement on Paris agreed in 2015 and respond to the greatest challenge facing humanity, ”said the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado.
Although the PreCOP is normally organized by the country that chairs the COP, this year will be different because Costa Rica and Chile collaboratively agreed to organize these two meetings and thus allow them to remain in Latin America after Brazil's refusal to assume the event.
“Organizing the PreCOP is a great opportunity for the country because it allows us to consolidate ourselves as leaders and as a laboratory for decarbonization and resilience, enhancing the possibilities of the country receiving investment and cooperation in climate finance. It is also important to continue consolidating our country brand and our territory as a special tourist destination, ”Alvarado explained.
The meeting will be attended by around 600 people among heads of delegations from various countries of the world, as well as leaders and international and national representatives of the private sector, academia, NGOs, municipalities, financial sector, among others.
It is time to strengthen actions and solutions
At COP24, held in Katowice, Poland, the Work Program of the Paris Agreement (PAWP) was defined as a relevant milestone for operationalizing the Agreement, establishing a framework to enhance climate action.
However, this PAWP was open to negotiation with respect to Article 6 of the Agreement that refers to the Carbon Market Mechanisms and which should ideally be specified in the COP in Chile.
That is why Costa Rica has proposed for this PreCOP to promote ideas and positions, as well as exchange experiences on possible solutions to accelerate the decarbonization and resilience of economies.
“The intention of Costa Rica is that with PreCop we focus on promoting conversations about climate actions and not only in political negotiations as traditionally done in PreCOPs, the idea is to innovate and have an unconventional PRECOP,” explained Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Minister of Environment and Energy (MINAE).
Along these lines, the event will be divided into two parallel spaces: PreCOP Negotiation and PreCOP Forum, the latter will have the participation of the private sector, local governments, communities and civil society.
Minister Rodríguez also explained that it is proposed that the agenda focus on three axes: cities-sustainable mobility; nature based solutions; and blue economy. Likewise, in two transversal thematic areas: gender and human rights, and financing.
This Costa Rican proposal is related and inspired by the Decarbonization Plan (2018-2020), presented by the Alvarado Quesada Administration last February and that placed the country as a pioneer in the world in this transformation towards a green economy.
The PreCOP and the COP will be important spaces to visualize and promote the work that Chile and Costa Rica have done for decarbonization and to consolidate the Latin American leadership in the global Climate Change agenda.