Alok Sharma from COP26 Visits Costa Rica to combat climate change. The British Minister and President-Appointed of the United Nations conference on climate change (COP26), to be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, from November 1 to 12, 2021.
The visit will highlight the joint objectives of Costa Rica and the United Kingdom to face climate change and will coordinate efforts towards climate negotiations within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Sharma will arrive in Costa Rica on the night of this Wednesday, March 17, and will leave the country on Friday, March 19.
Costa Rica is the first country on the American continent that Sharma has visited since being appointed full-time president of the Summit. Sharma also visited countries in Africa (Ethiopia and Gabon) and Asia (Nepal and India) in February this year.
The visit of the president of COP26 reaffirms the leadership of Costa Rica and its performance in areas such as decarbonization, resilience and the protection of biodiversity.
During his visit, Sharma will have a meeting with President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, and technical spaces for coordination and work with the country’s negotiating team on climate issues and cabinet leaders. In addition, Sharma will have meeting spaces with indigenous groups, representatives of young activists against climate change, groups from the private sector and the mobility sector.
President Alvarado Quesada was pleased by the selection of Costa Rica for Sharma’s first visit to America and highlighted the importance of climate action prior to one of the most important world summits in defining the future of humanity.
“Once again the world turns its eyes to our nation and this opportunity allows us to be ambitious in the fight against climate change. Climate action is essential in the recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, we are very pleased to be able to collaborate in serious and responsible work with the United Kingdom to establish measures aimed at complying with the Paris Agreement and moving towards the climate objectives of the UN “, detailed the president.
For her part, the Minister of Environment and Energy Andrea Meza Murillo, recalled that Costa Rica was nominated as one of the Champions of the Earth for its efforts in the fight against climate change.
“Costa Rica has achieved a sustainable development system that protects biodiversity and generates economic benefits and well-being for the population. Mr. Alok Sharma’s visit confirms the ambition of Costa Rica and our 2020 NDC, which includes elements of just transition and in which mitigation and adaptation are integrated into a single concept of climate action, ”said Minister Meza Murillo.
The NDC 2020 is Costa Rica’s international commitment that consolidates actions described in the National Decarbonization Plan and the National Adaptation Policy. This NDC is one of the most ambitious at a global level and in line with the global temperature increase goal, defined by the international community at 1.5 ° C.
COP26 is the annual summit celebrated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will be held this year in Glasgow, United Kingdom, from November 1 to 12. The President of the COP is the figure in charge of politically coordinating the conference.
COP26 is a critical moment because five years after the approval of the Paris Agreement, it is a key moment to complete the implementation of its components.
Alok Sharma (born September 7, 1967)  is a British politician. He currently serves as the chair of COP26, based in the Cabinet Office, and is a full member of the Cabinet. He has been the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Reading West since 2010.
Sharma previously served as Minister of Housing between 2017 and 2018, and as Minister of Employment from 2018 to 2019.  She joined the Cabinet in 2019, as Secretary of State for International Development, and became Secretary of State for Business , Energy and Industrial Strategy in 2020, a position in which he held until 2021.