From left to right: Ban Ki-moon, President of the Global Green Growth Institute, Frank Rijsberman, Director General of GGGI, Rodolfo Solano Quiros, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica and Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica, sign an agreement on Monday host country with GGGI in Seoul. (Sanjay Kumar / The Korea Herald)
The agreement was signed following a meeting between the Costa Rican delegation headed by President Carlos Alvarado Quesada and GGGI President Ban Ki-moon and GGGI Managing Director Frank Rijsberman.
“With the agreement with the host country and a new country office in San José, I hope that GGGI can help Costa Rica do more in the country and share the Costa Rican experience with other members of GGGI, ”Ban said.
The Costa Rican president stressed that Costa Rica had promised the world in 2015 to become a decarbonization laboratory by 2050.
“We recognize GGGI as a strategic partner for the transformation of the economy in accordance with the national plan for decarbonization and green economic recovery,” said the Costa Rican president.
Quesada also expressed hope to strengthen the partnership with GGGI to boost Costa Rica’s green growth plan, acknowledging GGGI’s link with the Green Climate Fund and Korea.
According to Rijsberman, Costa Rica is one of the greenest countries in the world and an environmental leader in the world.
He said that with Nicaragua having recently become a member of GGGI and Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala expressing interest in joining GGGI, he was looking forward to partnering with Costa Rica to explore many opportunities and share his experience with other Central American countries.
“I have no doubts that the agreement with the host country that we signed today will serve as the basis for starting a partnership and, by opening an office in Costa Rica, we plan to develop a strong portfolio of projects to help mobilize green and climate finance to support the country’s green agenda, ”added Rijsberman.
Costa Rica has been a member of GGGI since 2014 and served on the GGGI Board from 2014 to 2018. The agreement with the host country will provide a legal basis for GGGI to operate in Costa Rica.
By Sanjay Kumar ([email protected])