San Jose, 11 Oct 2019 (AFP) – Representatives of governments and civil society from around the globe on Thursday defended Costa Rica to take stronger action against global warming, warning of the serious crisis involving the climate change.
"We are experiencing a global climate emergency and time is running out for urgent action on the planet," said Canadian David Boyd, UN rapporteur for human rights and the environment, at the closing of the conference.
The San Jose meeting was attended by 1,500 representatives of governments, business, youth, indigenous people and civil society to discuss the agenda of the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP 25) of the climate change convention scheduled for December in Chile.
Boyd recalled that in 1992, when the Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro and the climate convention was launched, 81% of the world's energy consumed came from fossil fuels, carbon dioxide (CO2) emitters that cause global warming. , and 27 years later this number has not changed.
"We need action, not words," said the Canadian diplomat at the closing ceremony of the meeting.
Mexican economist Alicia Bárcenas, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), warned that "countries are not coming to an agreement" on the urgent tasks the world needs to move from a fossil-fuel dependent economy to one in communion with nature.
"The (current) economic model is depleted. Climate change is the biggest challenge of this generation and is jeopardizing the economic, social and environmental holdings of future generations," warned Bárcenas.
Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado stressed that the fight against global warming "is the most important cause of our generation and the next, is the cause of humanity."
The Costa Rican meeting served to smooth the way for Chile's COP 25, where more than 190 Paris signatory countries are expected to move from negotiation to implementation.
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