Andrea Meza Murillo – UNGA Event 2020
Source: Climate Vulnerable Forum
H.E. Andrea Meza Murillo, Minster of Environment of Costa Rica
Climate Vulnerable Forum Leaders Event
October 7, 2020
Costa Rica Environment Min @AndreaMeza76:“2020 has been a wakeup call for humanity. Our fragility as a species has been put to the test but to a rather small test. Climate change and biodiversity loss are the REAL test, yet we have not been doing enough to prepare for them.”[1/7] pic.twitter.com/ArqYcY4RdG— Climate Vulnerable Forum (@TheCVF) October 7, 2020
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Good morning and let me congratulate President Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh for hosting this event as Chair of the CVF.
In many ways, 2020 has been a wake-up call for humanity. Our fragility as a species has been put to the test, but to a rather small test. Climate change and biodiversity loss are the real tests, yet we have not been doing enough to prepare for them. How we fare on these will determine the survival, or not, of our species.
Costa Rica, as a climate vulnerable country, is firmly committed to significant action over the next decades. We are enhancing our NDC to show the radical transformations that we’re willing to undertake to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to particularly safeguard the well-being of our most at risk communities.
Understanding climate vulnerability is not a complex task: it simply requires empathy.
I ask world leaders to put ourselves in the shoes of women and girls, indigenous peoples, coastal communities, the elderly and many others that are at a disadvantage in coping with the adverse effects of climate change. They need our urgent help.
Internationally, Costa Rica is also working hard to table a resolution on the next session of the Human Right Council to recognize the right to a healthy environment, because there is no doubt that climate change is a human rights issue and we need stronger institutions to aid in our efforts.
Let me mention 3 examples:
Climate change threatens the human right to food, due to increased droughts, rising sea levels, changing rainfall patterns, changing temperatures and ocean acidification.
It threatens the human right to self-determination, because rising sea levels endanger the very existence of several low-lying developing states and communities.
And, ultimately, climate change is a direct threat to the right to life. Through extreme weather events, diseases and more, millions of people will lose their lives to climate change by the end of the century if we do not take immediate action.
Costa Rica will continue to work together with our partners to keep tackling the impacts of climate change, to adopt innovative measures to reduce exposure, such as nature-based solutions, and to increase adaptive capacity, for the benefit of all.
 Source: http://impactlab.org/research/valuing-the-global-mortality-consequences-of-climate-change-accounting-for-adaptation-costs-and-benefits/ Current WHO estimates (2020) put climate change deaths at 150.00 per year, a number expected to rise steeply in the future (https://www.who.int/heli/risks/climate/climatechange/en/).
I would like to summarize a few key points that emerged from the discussion. Firstly, we do have options and we do have a role to play in terms of parliamentary action even during the remainder of this year. Martin pointed out that it’s only weeks to go, but as we see every day, even a week is a long time in politics, so let’s make use of the time that we have in hand.
Mr. Saber Chowdhury, Honorary President Inter-Parliamentary Union Chair, Bangladesh Parliamentary Standing Committee on MoEFCC Mr. Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker Maldives People’s Majlis CVF Thematic Ambassador for Ambition Ms. Loren Legarda, Deputy Speaker Philippines CVF Thematic Ambassador for Parliaments Ladies and gentlemen participating from countries, international organizations and personalities interested in climate issues,
Excellencies, Honorable participants, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is an honor for me to represent the Royal Government of Bhutan in the Global Parliamentarians Meeting, organized by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA).