Costa Rica is host of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (PreCOP25), the most important climate change event in the world, with the participation of delegates from across the world gathering in the country to discuss climate change.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010-2016) speaking at the PreCOP25. Figueres was born in San José, Costa Rica. Her father, José Figueres Ferrer, was President of Costa Rica three times.

Some 1,500 people, including 700 international members who come from 86 countries – Africa, the Americas, and Europe, among others, as well as 800 Costa Ricans from different sectors who will be at various work and negotiation tables.

“Costa Rica has built a huge environmental legacy and today we can send a clear message that it is possible to the world. This is for our children, for the generations to come,” said President Carlos Alvarado, addressing the delegates.

Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado

According to Costa Rican Minister of Environment and Energy (MINAE), Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, “PreCOP is very important because it prepares countries in the context of the negotiations to know what are the political positions that we will see reflected in the climate negotiations.”

Rodríguez added that “not all countries in the world agree on how to mitigate climate change, PreCOP is that important opportunity that countries have to try, at the COP to have big agreements.”

For Costa Rica, the importance of this event is that, in addition to being the first time that it is hosting a global meeting of this level, it prepares the countries present in the context of the negotiations that are going to be carried out in the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP25, event to be held in Chile in December.

“Costa Rica is the first country that raises the level of political discussion on issues related to gender, inclusion and human rights in a climate conference of this nature. This country is a faithful believer in the value of the active integration of human beings in the climate agenda and in the actions it undertakes. Not only do we believe that impossible is possible, but we continue to demonstrate it in our actions and the determined impulse we give to these important issues of the national and international climate agenda,” said Vice-Chancellor, Lorena Aguilar Revelo.

“The point is clear: environmental ambition is not only ethically correct with the present and future generations, but it is profitable,” emphasized President Alvarado Quesada, at the inauguration of the largest meeting of environment that Costa Rica has hosted in its history.