The Government has announced the
dates of the meeting prior to the Conference of the Parties to the Framework
Convention on Climate Change (COP25), which will be held at the National
The PreCOP in San José will
convene negotiating delegates as well as representatives from sectors of civil
society, academia, private sector, finance and subnational governments, who
will share practical solutions and challenges in order to accelerate climate
action in diverse territories.
The aim is to give the agenda a new twist, focusing on the dissemination of positive actions and integrating the processes of negotiation and implementation.
Costa Rica has disclosed the date and progress of the PreCOP 25
agenda, which precedes the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), to be held in Chile in
The event will take place on October 8, 9 and 10 at the National
Convention Center, and will position the country as both a global climate leader
and one committed to multilateral processes.
This is envisioned as a key space following the Climate Summit
convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York in
September of this year.
«Costa Rica is convinced that the PreCOP should be part of
the global climate milestones of 2019 to assist in the achievement of positive
results at COP25 and, above all, to increase the ambition of climate action,
allowing us to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement agreed in 2015 and respond
to the greatest challenge facing humanity,» said the President of the
Republic, Carlos Alvarado.
Although normally organized by the country presiding over the
COP, this year’s PreCOP will be different, as Costa Rica and Chile have jointly
agreed to organize these two meetings and thus allow them to be held in Latin
America, following Brazil’s refusal to host the event.
«Organizing the PreCOP is a great opportunity for the
country, since it allows us to establish ourselves as leaders and as a
laboratory for decarbonization and resilience, enhancing the possibilities for
the country to receive investment and cooperation in the area of climate
financing. The continued consolidation of our Country Brand and our territory
as a special tourist destination is equally important», President Alvarado
The event will be attended by around 600 people, including heads
of delegations from various countries around the world, as well as
international and national leaders and representatives from the private sector,
academia, NGOs, municipalities and the financial sector, among others.
This is the time to strengthen
actions and solutions
At COP24, held in Katowice, Poland, the Paris Agreement Work
Program (PAWP) was defined as a relevant milestone for the operationalization
of the Agreement, establishing a framework for enhanced climate action.
This PAWP, however, left the negotiation open with respect to
Article 6 of the Agreement, which concerns Carbon Market Mechanisms and which
should ideally be finalized at the COP in Chile.
It is for this reason that, for this PreCOP, Costa Rica has
proposed the promotion of ideas and positions as well as the exchange of
experiences regarding possible solutions in order to accelerate the
decarbonization and resilience of differenteconomies.
«Costa Rica’s intention with the PreCop is to concentrate
on promoting conversations on climate actions and not only on political
negotiations, as is traditionally the case in the PreCOPs. The idea is to
innovate and have a non-conventional PRECOP,» explained Environment and
Energy (MINAE) Carlos Manuel Rodríguez.
In this regard, the event will be divided into two parallel
spaces: PreCOP Negotiation and PreCOP Forum. The latter will include the
participation of the private sector, local governments, communities and civil
Minister Rodríguez also explained that the agenda should focus
on three axes: sustainable cities-mobility; solutions based on nature; and the
blue economy. Likewise, in two cross-thematic areas: gender and human rights,
This proposal from Costa Rica is linked to and inspired by the
Decarbonization Plan (2018-2020), presented by the Alvarado Quesada
Administration last February, and which placed the country as a world pioneer
in this transition towards a green economy.
The PreCOP and the COP will be important spaces to visualize and
promote the work that Chile and Costa Rica have done for decarbonization, and
to consolidate Latin American leadership in the global agenda of Climate