Monday, August 8

Panama will sign alliances on negative carbon and protection of the seas at COP26

LForeign Minister of Panama, Erika Mouynes, will participate in the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 26), in the city of Glasgow in Scotland, to endorse the world leadership of Panama for its conservation policies, protection of the oceans, its carbon negative country category and mitigation actions against the effects of global warming, aimed at achieving an economy sustainable, reported a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the week, he will sign a new and ambitious alliance with representatives of Bhutan and Suriname, the Declaration of Carbon Negative Countries, which gives continuity to the strategy established at the 76th United Nations General Assembly, where this initiative was presented to promote the reduction and responsible management of greenhouse gases (GHG). President Cortizo Cohen will attend this ceremony as a witness of honor.

On November 1, the Chancellor Mouynes will chair a debate sponsored by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), “Lessons learned from Panama: Challenges to become carbon negative”, where it will be exposed how the country managed to identify, design, implement and monitor those human activities that represent significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions and what are the challenges that the protection of forests brings, responsible for carbon absorption.

In support of our important interoceanic route, of irrefutable global relevance, the Chancellor will attend the forum “Panama Canal Authority, promoting climate action through sustainable routes”, which will take place on November 4, and where the Panamanian authorities will explain how this route that shortens roads has saved more than 650 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions during its 107 years of operation.

On November 5, the head of Panamanian diplomacy and the administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority, Iván Eskildsen, will participate in the signing ceremony of “The Glasglow Declaration: A Decade of Commitment to Climate Action in Tourism”, to drive the reduction of global emissions from tourism by at least half in the next decade and reach a zero value as soon as possible and before 2050. The strategy outlined includes processes of measurement, decarbonisation, regeneration, collaboration and financing , to accelerate the transformative capacity of this sector.

The Foreign Minister’s work schedule culminates the weekend with her participation, on behalf of the Republic of Panama, in the signing of The Declaration of Blue Leaders 30 × 30, and at the round table “Shaping the future of maritime transport at COP 26”, whose conversation will revolve around legal frameworks, public policies, technology and the political challenges of the industry.

Minister Mouynes has contemplated bilateral meetings aimed at promoting support for the 30X30 global initiative for the protection of the oceans, a goal that Panama has already achieved, and seeks to protect at least 30% of marine areas by 2030.

Also together with the Minister of the Environment, Milciades Concepción, will participate in the 4th. High-level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance, andn which will review the comparative advantages of Panama as a suitable country to direct international financing focused on mitigation and adaptation projects to climate change, for the benefit of the planet.

As part of the delegation accompanying President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, Minister Mouynes will participate in the conference of the prestigious British forum “Canning House”, dedicated to the debate and analysis on politics, economics and business in Latin America. Academics, politicians and businessmen will be invited to listen to the lecture “Panama: gateway to Latin America”, given by the Panamanian president.

Minister Mouynes will also be a speaker at the forum “Climate Hub: Shaping the new map: the new geopolitics of climate change”, promoted by the New York Times, and also featuring former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Li Shuo, Greenpeace’s global policy advisor in China.

Before traveling, the Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasized that “Panama has to be in the international forums where the future of the planet is outlined. We cannot remain oblivious to what is happening around us. Our vocation as a meeting country forces us to strengthen alliances and be an active part of the world community. We travel with good work proposals and convinced that this will be an unrepeatable opportunity ”.