Costa Rica and Canada are in talks. They expect to work together to reduce climate change and achieve the agreement signed in Paris last year, which will enter into force in 2020.
The Paris Agreement was adopted by 195 countries to create the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Before and during the Paris conference, countries submitted comprehensive national climate action plans (INDCs). These are not yet enough to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, but the agreement started global discussion and cooperation. The agreement will enter into force after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have ratified it.
With this initiative, the government of Canada hopes to renew its focus on climate change and share its perspective, as well as give support to developing countries to meet these challenges.
In the next 5 years, Canada will contribute $2,650 million to help countries as they transform into a green economy.
“Costa Rica and Canada have a common vision on many issues such as human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. Climate change is a fundamental issue which must become a transverse axis in all of our policies and actions,” said Michael Gort, Ambassador of the North American country.
Canada and Costa Rica have always enjoyed strong and diverse bilateral relations. The Embassy of Canada in San Jose opened in 1961. Costa Rica is Canada’s largest trading partner in Central America. The entry into force of the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA) in November 2002 enabled the development of trade relations between the two countries. Parallel agreements on environment and labor cooperation were also signed at that time. In recent years, several high-level visits have cemented positive relations between Canada and Costa Rica.
These actions, and the most recent climate change discussions, will be celebrated tomorrow, under the framework of Canada Day in San Jose.