The maximum respoinsible of the UN Climate Change, Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica, the skeptics asked to “open the eyes” to a phenomenon that affects the entire world, including Latin America and Caribbean countries especially.
“There is no country in the world that does not already have evidence of climate change, whether in the form of heat or rising sea levels. U.S. has never had a drought so deep as this year,” said Figueres, Secretary General of the Convention UN Framework on Climate Change.
Figueres, in Bangkok attending the preparatory meeting for the summit in Doha (Qatar) about global warming, launches this message to the skeptics: “open your eyes, you do not read anything.
But if you want to get into science, 99% of scientists confirms that there is climate change. ”
In his opinion, the climate has changed the face of the earth in the last 30 years, since the temporal patterns and hurricanes affecting the Caribbean countries, the melting of glaciers in Chile or Argentina or severe flooding last year in Thailand.
As good initiative, Figueres cited legislation passed in Mexico by the outgoing president, Felipe Calderon, in the fight against global warming, as well as Brazil’s efforts to curb deforestation, causing most of its greenhouse gas emissions emissions.
Since the conversations that have taken place this week in Bangkok have been informal, delegates from about 190 countries have participated in these have not adopted policies on financing decisions or further cuts in greenhouse gas emissions for the second period commitment to the Kyoto Protocol that starts next year.
The head of the Convention reiterated that important decisions should be taken at the Doha summit, later this year.
Figueres offers a very different picture of what was once the champion of the fight against global warming, the former vice president of the United States Al Gore, most controversial and known for his stagings.
The Costa Rican expert is thorough, takes the time to meditate every answer and expose their ideas and arguments openly and accurately.
Formed in the U.S. and in the UK, is the daughter of former President who abolished the army in Costa Rica and laid the foundation for social and democratic development of the Central American country, José Figueres Ferrer.
The bureau chief for climate change completed an MA in Social Anthropology at the prestigious British center London School of Economics and throughout his long career he has worked as a diplomat, development expert and, since 1995, have gained experience in various roles at the UN to the post he now occupies.
Figueres played down the fact that a woman is in a high position at the UN, but admitted that the current secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has shown sensitivity to the role of women and their problems.
“I hope I have chosen not here by chance to be a woman,” she snapped.
According to Figueres, governments, society and the private sector are now more aware of global warming, when there are less than five months to the expiration of the current commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, in force since 2005.
The Costa Rican anthropologist said that surely most developed nations have met the Kyoto targets when they know their cuts of gas in 2014, with one exception.
“Canada has not done anything for years and is now between a rock and a hard place. Though the state of Quebec was an exception and another took the Kyoto targets and further,” said Figueres, who lamented that the country has even order leaving the protocol.
Figueres commends the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America (ALBA), comprising Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, among others, by behaving as “the conscience of the convention” to the pair of small nations island.
And considered negative in different continents some indigenous communities are or have been evicted from their lands being justifying such actions with the implementation of the plan called for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), which aims to stop deforestation.
“It’s a terrible concept implementation of REDD, it is so slow deforestation particularly sensitive and respectful to the people who depend on these forests,” he said the general secretary of the Convention.