Tegucigalpa, Aug 27 (EFE) .- Honduras requested this Friday from the United Kingdom “support at the highest level” at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26), to be held in November in Scotland, with the aim of accessing to the Green Climate Funds to mitigate the effects of global warming.
The request was made by the General Coordinating Secretary of the Government of Honduras, Carlos Madero, during a meeting in Tegucigalpa with the United Kingdom’s regional ambassador for COP26, Fiona Clouder, according to a statement from the Honduran Presidency.
Madero presented Clouder with a report on the damage that Honduras has suffered in recent years due to climate change, especially the losses caused by hurricanes Eta and Iota, which hit Central America last November.
“Climate change has come to destroy the country’s growth, affecting the poor, which in turn has generated a lot of inequality,” said the senior official.
EFFECTS OF NATURAL PHENOMENA
The Honduran Government “respectfully” requests the United Kingdom to “help us at the highest level to be our interlocutors at the COP26 summit,” said Madero.
“At this conference it is necessary for the world to see what our country is suffering from the droughts that affect crops in what we have called the Dry Corridor and the tropical phenomena that have devastated the national productive apparatus in the Sula Valley,” he explained.
The general coordinator of the Government indicated that “if the rich countries do not become aware of this serious situation, climate change will continue to cause more poverty and migration.”
The covid-19 pandemic and the effects of Eta and Iota aggravated the socio-economic situation of the Central American country, which also caused “an exodus of Hondurans to the United States,” he added.
He said that at COP26, Honduras will present the Plan for Reconstruction and Sustainable Development.
“We are going to explore alternatives that allow Honduras, as one of the countries most affected by climate change, better access to climate finance, especially the Green Climate Fund,” said the official.
The UK regional ambassador for COP26 highlighted the importance of supporting countries like Honduras, as they are “victims of climate change.”
The United Kingdom wants to achieve a balance “between mitigation and adaptation in nations like Honduras,” said the diplomat, who said that international collaboration “will be essential.”
“We need all donor countries to commit to ambitious projects, so that international banks can finance programs to mitigate climate change, they have a fundamental role,” said Clouder.
He stated that at the UN Conference he will advocate for “ambitious goals on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting adaptation measures to protect communities and natural habitats, mobilizing funds in favor of the environment and accelerating collaboration between governments, companies and civil society to meet climate goals more quickly ”.
More than 190 world leaders will participate in COP26, to be held in November in Glasgow, Scotland.