PRESIDENT ALEJANDRO GIAMMATTEI REITERATED THE COUNTRY’S COMMITMENT TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE NEED FOR GREATER INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

The President of the Republic, Alejandro Giammattei, attended the Climate Ambition 2020 Summit on Saturday, 12 December, and reiterated our country’s commitment to continue efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change. He recalled that Guatemala, due to its geographical location, is one of the countries most exposed to extreme natural phenomena, such as the recent hurricanes ETA and IOTA, which caused serious human and material damage.

The objective of this important activity was to provide a space for countries to present those initiatives that will help meet the highest climate ambition, set long-term strategies that establish a path towards zero net emissions, climate finance commitments and ambitious adaptation plans and underlying policies.

President Alejandro Giammattei said in his speech that Guatemala believes in the need for collaborative work based on a global agreement that recognises the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, where the leadership of developed countries, who have the resources and the capacity to cooperate, are the ones who mobilise green financing towards developing countries.

He also highlighted that Guatemala is committed to the implementation of the recently launched National Strategy on Low-Greenhouse Gas Emissions Development, which will allow for an efficient, inclusive, but above all participatory economic development of the country.

The President also took the opportunity to highlight our country’s resilience not only to natural phenomena such as ETA and IOTA, but also to the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that these now provide an opportunity for socio-economic recovery that will lead us towards sustainable development.

The Climate Ambition Summit was hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Sebastián Piñera of the Republic of Chile, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of the Italian Republic, and President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic and the United Nations, opening a series of meetings prior to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021.

The Summit marked the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, where Guatemala is a party and aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.