Starting in August 2020, the Minister of Environment and Energy, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, will become the first person in a developing country to lead the Global Environment Facility, the most important in promoting policies. from developing countries.
This was reported by Rodríguez Echandi during the Governing Council session to the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, and to his fellow cabinet members, by informing them of his appointment as the next General Director and President of that entity (GEF). .
The appointment of Minister Rodríguez is valid for four years and was made by the GEF Council during its virtual session on June 2, 2020.
“What we see here is one of the greatest recognitions to the country’s environmental legacy that we have built for decades. Our leadership, environmental policies and commitments such as the launch of the National Decarbonization Plan continue to bear fruit and put the name of Costa Rica on high. As President and Costa Rican, I am very proud of Carlos Manuel and I know that he will lead the World Environment Fund under the Costa Rican vision, an example for the entire world, ”said the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado Quesada.
With this recognition, GEF highlights Costa Rica’s progress in the field of reforestation, the development of a renewable electricity matrix, and sustainable tourism as a business model.
For his part, Minister Rodríguez added “Receiving the appointment of CEO of the Global Environmental Fund is something that makes me proud and commits me, even more, in my task for a more equitable and sustainable world, but above all this appointment is a tacit recognition to Costa Rica that over decades has shown that we can prosper socially and economically in a model of rational use and conservation of nature ”.
Likewise, in the face of the situation facing the world before COVID-19, he expressed, “when the planet is at a crossroads between the usual plans and those of ecological economic recovery centered on nature as a consequence of COVID-19. I will work tirelessly with members and stakeholders to make the GEF a global agent of change. ”
The GEF was created in 1992 during the Earth Summit in Rio to address the most damaging environmental problems. In these 28 years, GEF has delivered more than $ 20.5 billion in grants and $ 112 billion in co-financing to more than 4,8000 projects in 170 countries.