Less than 10 months after the current administration ended, President Evan Duque presented the country’s climate roadmap for the next 30 years: the E2050 strategy.
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Under the slogan “The Road to Zero”, The first Colombian president launched an instrument that seeks to become state policy on the horizon of three decades, which will cover seven terms of government.
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announce in @COP26 Launching our ambitious long-term climate strategy @ E2050C Colombia, which sets the roadmap for achieving carbon dioxide reduction targets by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. A tool supported by France pic.twitter.com/P99p2Ur6kI
– Ivan Duque 🇨🇴 (IvanDuque) November 1, 2021
The presentation was made in the framework of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 26, which has been taking place since yesterday in Glasgow (Scotland), laying out a roadmap for the country to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050, and To become a more resilient nation and adapt to climate change And the challenges in environmental matters that come in the coming years.
“This strategy, ‘The Road to Zero’, is a way to show the world that we are not only committed, but that we will achieve our goals. We cannot wait to build the agreement, but we can be a benchmark,” the head of state said.
The strategy anticipates nine lines of action including knowledge expansion, comprehensive management of biodiversity, sustainable production and consumption, equitable workforce transition, differentiated rural, marine and coastal development, resilient cities and regions, diversified energy matrix, sustainable mobility and infrastructure and increasing the country’s resilience to Climate change.
“These nine lines of action are fully clarified and are a further step for Colombia to comply with its Nationally Determined Contributions, which Colombia made to the Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2020 where, among other goals, we set an ambitious target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 51 % and no deforestation completely by 2030Environment Minister Carlos Eduardo Correa said.
Correa also stressed that thanks to the climate law recently introduced to Congress, these commitments will be considered as legal mandates, and there will be more effective compliance.
E2050 took 22 months to build, and was unanimously approved by the Intersectoral Committee on Climate Change (CICC) on September 24, 2021. In addition, many government agencies participated in its creation, as well as 500 organizations from various departments.
In his address to COP 26, the President also emphasized that the country “represents only 0.6% of all global greenhouse gas emissions,” and while it has secured these commitments, it is also pursuingMake a call to action from the world’s richest, most powerful nations, and those that have contributed the most to the emissions that caused this crisis, to please act now.“.
In this sense, he reiterated that the Paris Agreement commitment stipulates the need to mobilize $100,000 million annually to achieve these global goals.
“We not only need technical support from developed countries, but also financial support. We don’t emit a lot of polluting gases, but we have a lot to loser,” Minister Correa continued.
In addition to presenting the roadmap, President Duque also used this space to engage in other discussions and to highlight the many issues on Colombia’s climate agenda.
The president presented some of the progress the country has made in combating climate change. Among them, Duque mentioned that by 2022, the country aims to plant 180 million treesAccording to the president, at the end of this year, the goal of planting the first 120 million will be completed.
Yesterday the president also participated in world leaders summit. Duque reiterated the need to appeal to figures such as debt forgiveness for the poorest countries in Latin America, which do not have the resources to implement reforms aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change, and to design tools to compensate for efforts made in this regard. for climate action and committing them to the proposed goals.
The president also announced the signing of a $500 million credit program with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for climate adaptation and mitigation, and also stated that there is an investment provision for the country of more than $700 million. International financial organizations, bilateral agencies and international philanthropy.
In addition, the President announced the first payment to Colombia of $33.5 million by the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom, as a result of a collaborative alliance to pay for results in the fight against climate change.
Among the meetings the President had during the day with UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, host of the World Summit, as well as with the new Prime Minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Støre; Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel; The President of Suriname, Chan Santokhi and Prince Charles of Wales. In addition, he met Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.
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During his second day in Glasgow, the President will meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and with the countries of the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC), a group formed by Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.
He will also be at the opening of the COP26 Leaders Action Event on Forests and Land Use, and on a panel of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) On the region’s role in complying with the Paris Agreement. Duque will meet with Salesforce President Marc Benioff and Microsoft President Brad Smith.
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