Minister Andres Cove co-founded the International Network of Climate Councils, which seeks to increase the number of countries with scientific committees.
Just two days before the start of the United Nations Climate Summit, COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland, the agenda of the Minister for Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation (Mensencia), Anders Cove, was full of activities, among them the launch of the International Network of Climate Councils (ICC, its acronym in English).
Minister Cove, speaking with DF, comments that the ICC is inspired by the Scientific Committee on Climate Change in Chile established by the Ministry of Science for COP25, an entity led by Massa Rojas, Researcher at the Center for Climate and Resilience CR(2) of the University of Chile It consists of 600 researchers. This committee was responsible for preparing 109 technical reports combining the available scientific evidence from Chile on climate change, as well as reports for decision makers and documentation.
Cove comments that the aim of the ICC is to support the work of the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC), which provides scientific evidence to COPs, whose reports can take up to six years. issued.
“There is a need for more local complementary efforts that can be undertaken by these councils that can dynamically direct public policy, with local relevance and depth to the region,” the minister says.
With the formation of this network, the number of countries with scientific committees is expected to increase, since today eight of these boards are responsible for providing advice to G20 member states.
Regarding the establishment of the International Criminal Court, Mesa Rojas said in a statement that the pandemic has shown that the path is riddled with uncertainty and “although we have a set of carbon-neutral goals by 2050, the path is fraught with obstacles, and therefore, the Advisory Committee that accompanies this path is ordered Basic “.
Since arriving in Glasgow, Couve’s schedule has been “intense,” he says. He participated in the inauguration of the IPCC Pavilion, the signing of the Third Declaration “Because Our Oceans” and the inauguration of the Cryosphere Pavilion.
Protecting the Oceans is an initiative promoted under the Chilean Presidency of COP 25 and Declaration III Because Our Oceans – held in Edinburgh – seeks countries’ commitment to ocean conservation actions, as well as incorporating an oceanic perspective into the fight against climate. they change.
Cove points out that the oceans agenda should be complemented by another agenda for the future, such as the Cryosphere Agenda – Snow and Ice – whose pavilion opened at this COP26, which is expected to be a space to promote its discussion.
“For Chile, what is related to water and drought is very important. We depend on glaciers, ice and snow that accumulate in the mountain range to provide water for both the population and the productive sector,” says the Minister.