BEIJING – Costa Rica and China signed an environmental cooperation accord, the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday in a communique.
The agreement, which supplements the trade pact the two countries signed earlier this year, opens an important link between Costa Rica – which trails only Iceland and Switzerland in the Environmental Performance Index – and China, the world’s major emitter of carbon dioxide but at the same time the country that invests the most in absolute terms in renewable energy.
Costa Rican Foreign Minister Rene Castro and Chinese Environment Minister Zhou Shengxian took advantage of the signing ceremony to exchange thoughts about the environmental situation in their respective countries, and they agreed on the need to associate environmental protection with development, the official communique emphasized.
Castro praised China’s advances in the environmental sector in recent years, for example in reforestation, but he exhorted Chinese leaders to exercise greater leadership in the negotiations about climate change at the upcoming Cancun Summit.
The Costa Rican diplomat also met with the vice president of the National Commission for Reform and Development, Xie Zhenhua, who headed the Chinese delegation at the Copenhagen Summit in 2009 and will do the same in Cancun.
At this meeting, China and Costa Rica agreed on the need to achieve “comprehensive and balanced” progress in the negotiations.
In the latest round of talks, held this month in Tianjin, China, it became evident that dialogue continues to be paralyzed due to differences of opinion between developed countries and developing nations. EFE