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 After three
days of panels, high-level discussions and exchanging best practices for
climate action, PreCOP25 in San José concluded today with calls for more
climate ambition.
The gathering,
from 8 to 10 October, saw more than 1,500 attendees, with delegates
representing more than 90 countries and more than 60 parallel events with 264
panelists on topics ranging from blue carbon to electric mobility. The event
put additional emphasis on climate finance and the gender agenda as
transformational focus areas of climate solutions.



“We are honoured
to be part of this effort. Climate action is the most important cause of our
generation and is therefore worth it. If there is a time to be useful for
others, it is now,” said the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada,
whose country promised to make an unconventional PreCOP.
The gathering
provided fresh impetus on the road towards the 25th Conference of the Parties
(COP25) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),
to be held in Santiago, Chile this December. There, more countries, cities,
companies and local governments are expected to increase ambition and present
new goals.
Current
national climate action plans under the Paris Agreement put the world on a path
towards global warming of 3° Celsius, so ambition needs to be urgently raised.
Ovais Sarmad,
Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change said:
“It has been
hugely encouraging to hear everyone at PreCOP25 talking about the need to raise
ambition on climate action. Governments and all stakeholders have heard
the message of young people to protect their futures loud and clear, along
with the message of science which states that time is running out and we have
only a very narrow window of opportunity to act.”
“At COP25 in
December, we are looking forward to more governments, and also more cities,
regions and businesses announcing action plans that are in line with science
and respond to the calls for increased action,” he added.
Ovais Sarmad
commended the progress made to lift ambition, build a bridge from the September
UN Climate Summit in New York to COP25 in Chile and then on to COP26 in the UK.
And he thanked the President of Costa Rica for hosting the meeting and
generating positive momentum. 
Participants of
the PreCOP emphasized the importance of increasing ambition of nationally
determined contributions (NDCs) in each country. For that, the three focus
areas of the conference are key: nature-based solutions, sustainable cities and
the blue economy.
“This PreCOP25
demonstrated that there are ambitious solutions and successful experiences that
can guide us towards the 1.5 C goal. We have achieved technical strength and
political depth. Nature-based solutions are 30% of the climate solution and
Costa Rica has demonstrated in the last three decades that it is possible to
grow economically and conserve nature at the same time,” said Costa Rican
Minister of Environment and Energy, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez.
Minister
Rodríguez stressed that the meeting emphasized the link between the climate
change process and the biodiversity process within the United Nations.
Alicia Bárcena,
Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the
Caribbean (ECLAC) added: “Costa Rica demonstrates that it is possible to
put the economy at the service of environmental protection in a region like
ours that has depended on hydrocarbons in the past.”
The meeting
allowed the discussion of issues unresolved by the Katowice climate summit
regarding the operating guidelines of the Paris Agreement in 2018. Four
thematic areas chosen by Costa Rica and of interest for Latin America were
discussed:  the acceleration of climate action, Article 6 of the Paris
Agreement, the mechanism of loss and damage and linkages between gender and
effective climate action.

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