Berlin,10 July 2023(TDI): The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry, with the Embassy in Germany and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) held a panel discussion on global environmental sustainability.

The theme was  “How to address land degradation, climate change, and biodiversity loss in an integrated way for a prosperous and inclusive future”.

The event was opened by Ambassador Eugenia Gutiérrez, the business manager of the diplomatic headquarters. She highlighted the country’s position on the issues under discussion.

Moreoever, she Emphasized the fact that Costa Rica promotes an increased level of drive in tackling the triple environmental emergency. These are global warming, loss of biodiversity, and environmental damage.

Additionally, Andrea Meza Murillo, the assistant secretary of the UNCCD gave an in-depth presentation to the panel. She emphasizes the necessity to align the goals of the Rio Conventions. These are Environmental Protection, Biodiversity, and Land Degradation.

Officials from the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as Latin American and European embassies, were also in attendance.

Costa Rican Efforts for Climate Action

Gutiérrez highlights that Costa Rica is maintaining, the critical importance to decrease greenhouse gases so that the limit of 1.5°C is not exceeded.

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Futhermore, he emphasized that Costa Rica, along with France and Britain, currently serves as co-chair of the Coalition for High Ambitions (HAC) for Nature and People.

Meanwhile, a significant responsibility for Costa Rican diplomatic efforts has been established at the most recent UN Environment Assembly.

Previously, in March 2022, a landmark resolution has been passed, recognizing the mutual dependence between the declining biodiversity, global warming, degradation of land, and their relationship to human welfare.