Interministerial briefing on the development of Colombia’s INDC
On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, more than 25 key policymakers from Colombia’s Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, Transport, Housing, Energy, Industry, Planning, and Foreign Affairs convened over a breakfast to move the ball forward on development and adoption of Colombia’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to a 2015 climate agreement. At the meeting, chaired by Colombia’s Vice Minister of Environment, Pablo Vieira, vice ministers and ministries’ environmental directors discussed opportunities to achieve the ambitious climate mitigation that both Colombian Juan Manuel President Santos and the international community expect from them, while encouraging sustainable development and improving their citizens’ quality of life.
CCAP’s Ned Helme highlighted the opportunity that new sources of climate finance, such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF), offer for countries like Colombia, which have been leaders in climate mitigation and sustainable development. He presented the high-level assembly with CCAP’s initial recommendations for an ambitious INDC for Colombia, explaining findings in the waste, transport, and electricity sectors, and underlining the significant win-win potential that exists for the country to reduce emissions while simultaneously encouraging greater economic development. He closed reiterating the urgency of the project, noted by previous speakers, and urged those assembled to consider a principle to guide their efforts, such as identifying a peak year for the country’s emissions.
The event marked an important step in the country’s ongoing efforts, and participants offered both practical considerations on mitigation and pledges of cooperation going forward, to help Colombia submit an ambitious INDC in the first quarter of 2015.