Friday, August 12

Panama will seek concrete answers on the illegal migration crisis during the COP26 climate summit

The Climate Summit that begins this Monday, November 1 in Scotland, United Kingdom, will be the appropriate place to address with countries of the continent, the situation of illegal migrants from Haiti and its social repercussions, security and economic, said the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen.

The president who has been in Glasgow since this Friday, October 29, reiterated his interest and that of his team in international matters, to meet with US President Joe Biden, during his participation in COP26, A commitment that brings together the main heads of state and government from around the world.

COP26 – United Nations Conference on Climate Change– consists of several parts. It will begin with the meeting of the leaders of the world, and in its second week it will focus on the negotiation of the commitments that will be acquired individually and globally.

On October 20, after a meeting with his counterparts from Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, Cortizo Cohen said that the three nations agreed to “call upon the United States”

In that sense, hehe presidents of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Panama agreed on a joint initiative for Haiti with the sole intention of lifting the country out of social chaos, economic and political that is forcing thousands of families to flee the island, seeking better living conditions.

The tripartite proposal includes the development of public infrastructures to generate massive jobs and that nationals stay there, articulate with ECLAC, IDB and UNDP economic projects that can create the appropriate conditions for the development of Haiti, and an aggressive community reforestation program that will also become a source of employment in Haitian neighborhoods, among others.

On the matter of illegal migration, Cortizo Cohen has expressed his concern since, although the problem involves at least 12 countries on the continent, a few are directly affected, citing in this case the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama, since their governments are obliged to allocate much of their budgets to mitigate the needs of thousands of Haitians found in these countries.

“This is a regional issue that requires regional solutions” said the Panamanian president, indicating that it is very likely that he will have the opportunity to discuss this problem with Biden during his participation in Glasgow.

He explained that approaches have been made with the US government delegations with whom he has recently met in Panama to achieve concrete commitments from that country, since Haitians who are emigrating have the United States as their final destination.

“It is very likely that you will have the opportunity to hold a conversation with the US president at COP26 and the idea is to speak to him with the frankness that has characterized bilateral relations, “said Cortizo Cohen.

Panama and the US maintain an important strategic and commercial relationshipTherefore, it is essential for the region to define a roadmap that will stop the enormous migratory flow and that concrete measures are adopted through Migration and Foreign Ministries of these countries.

On the other hand, prior to the start of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP), which will take place from October 31 to November 12, with delegations from almost 200 countries, Panamanian technicians participated in the first day of pre-climate negotiations.

Representatives of the Ministry of the Environment and part of the negotiating team, Together with other nations, they participated in a meeting focused on the vulnerability of developing countries to this climate crisis.

It is the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC), orn negotiating block made up of Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Peru, which seek to generate coordinated, ambitious and progressive positions that contribute positively to the balance in multilateral negotiations on climate change, considering a vision consistent with the sustainable and responsible development with the environment and future generations.