Tuesday, August 9

President Cortizo will meet with counterparts to address issues such as migration and economic reactivation, in the framework of COP26

The progress made by Panama in the fight to contain greenhouse gases, and thus reverse the rise in the average temperature of the planet, will be presented by President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen who, leading an official delegation, has already arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, to participate in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26).

COP 26 brings together 197 heads of state from around the world. Cortizo Cohen is scheduled to meet with counterparts from the region to promote a high-level dialogue on climate change and other bilateral issues.

It is expected that the event will establish more demanding goals that will help end the use and expansion of fossil fuels. (derived from oil) and main causes of global warming. Limiting to less than 2 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels, preferably 1.5 degrees, the rise in global temperatures, is one of the main goals.

65% of the Panamanian negotiators who represent us at COP26, on the part of the Ministry of the Environment, are women, hI echo that proves the preponderant role that the Panamanian Government grants to the female gender, which will allow an active participation in decision-making and in the establishment of policies in accordance with the times we live in.

Today it was confirmed that Panama will also work, together with other nations, in the adoption of strategies that help the most vulnerable and that they guarantee a fair environment with equal opportunities.

Next Monday, Cortizo Cohen will inaugurate the Panama pavilion at 4:30 pm It is the first time that we will have a pavilion at a COP26, an opportunity to show the work done, in which a particular issue stands out: the rights of indigenous peoples.

The Panamanian delegation will wear a candle with a mola design to welcome them at the entrance of the tent assigned to the country. It is a huge mola approximately ten meters high that was made by women from the Guna Yala region and that projects the vision of climate change from the perspective of that ethnic group.

President Cortizo Cohen thus demonstrates his deep respect for the right of indigenous peoples to participate in the development of public policies on environmental issues and on the future of all.