Along with 47 other countries, the government signed the Seoul Declaration, which recognizes the climate crisis as an urgent global
threat that involves economic, social, security and human rights. - P4G Summit photo -
Published Tuesday, June 1, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Along with 47 other countries, the government signed the Seoul Declaration, which recognizes the climate crisis as an urgent global threat that involves economic, social, security and human rights.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this agreement was led by Moon Jae-in, president of South Korea, during the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 Summit, known as P4G. There was participation of representatives from Denmark, Colombia, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Kenya, the United States, Thailand, Cambodia, Austria and Peru.
This agreement is a commitment to environmental well-being because "climate change is a human rights issue," President Carlos Alvarado said during the virtual Summit.
According to Alvarado, a global responsibility must be generated to ensure the planet for the next generations. “Reforestation is a decisive factor. In the trees there is an ancient technology that is the key to safeguarding environmental well-being,” the President said.
The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, a nature-based initiative that seeks to protect 30% of the planet's marine and terrestrial ecosystems, is led by France and Costa Rica, the Ministry said.
The Seoul Declaration ensures that the pandemic must be overcome through green recovery as a strategy. "When the green recovery is implemented it can reshape our economy and society, as well as be a turning point in our journey to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals," the agreement stated.
In addition, the countries that sign the declaration undertake to promote investment in innovative solutions for sustainable water management through the use of water resources, in recognition of the need for governance of river basins to guarantee access to drinking water.
Also, the countries undertake to strengthen international cooperation to promote the energy transition by increasing the participation of renewable energies such as solar and wind in power generation. As well as the search for strategies to phase out existing coal and stop public funding for the construction of coal abroad. They choose to promote the use of clean hydrogen.
The agreement also promotes smart green cities where humans coexist with nature in harmony in a zero-waste society policy and fostering the expansion of zero-emission transport.
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