The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, participated virtually this Saturday in the Munich Security Conference. The main focus of the conference was the potential for war in Ukraine.
In attendance were US Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry; COP26 President Alok Sharma; the foreign ministers of Germany, Annalena Baerbock, and of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry. The panel discussion was moderated by Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change.
President Alvarado has acknowledged that the most pressing concern is the potential for war between Russia and Ukraine, he cannot ignore that the greatest common challenge is climate change.
President Alvarado indicated that the world, in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), may be getting richer, but if we think about biodiversity and the biosphere, our world is getting poorer. “We are perhaps the generation in human history facing annihilation due to the climate and environmental crisis.”
The President also mentioned how the Costa Rican initiative with France and the United Kingdom “High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC)” is an example of how work can be done in this line “uniting more than 80 country to protect more than 30% of its territory in the oceans to reverse this situation”.
Given the current international tensions over the prospect of war in Europe, it is unclear whether President Alvarado’s message has received the attention he might have hoped for.
Hopefully the war in Ukraine can be averted and the world can get back to sorting out the issues that concern us all.