COP26 outcomes

Regulation & Policy    Nov 19, 2021 6:59 PM

Colombia negotiated a varied agenda during the COP26.

Issues negotiated included increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, and financing to address the effects of the global climate crisis, La Republica reported.

A team of negotiators and experts from the Ministries of Environment (MinAmbiente), Foreign Affairs, Finance, Agriculture, the National Planning Department (DNP) and the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Ideam), was led by MinAmbiente Carlos Eduardo Correa, head of the Colombian delegation.

Ángela Rivera, Ailac’s Coordinator for Adaptation Issues and spokesperson in the team, explained that the country advocated for defining the functions of the Santiago Network on Loss and Damage, achieving access to technical assistance to identify and prioritize its needs.

Adriana Gutiérrez, MinAmbiente negotiator, emphasized cooperative markets, including carbon markets.

Ivón Maritza Casallas Martínez, IDEAM official, said that to comply with the Paris Agreement, it is important that each country can demonstrate in a transparent manner what it is doing to comply with its obligations under this agreement, which was a key point in the conversations.

The main themes were finance, adaptation, loss and damage, cooperative approaches, transparency, platform for communities and indigenous peoples, and research and systematic observations.

Bottom-Line: Colombia set very challenging targets, despite being a low polluting country compared to other world powers.

It seems like the government wanted to look like a leader in the fight against climate change, but it is forgetting that the country has other priority energy problems to address…

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