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Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (Dec 14/20). Virtual Foreign Minister Claudia Blum participated in the conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean, which took place in Berlin and included, among others, the participation of Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union.

During her speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that it is essential to deepen cooperation between the two regions in the face of the challenge of COVID-19, the economic reactivation, in digital and commercial matters and the protection of the environment. Likewise, she thanked the support received in the face of the damage caused by Hurricane Iota.

The Chancellor also highlighted the importance of multilateralism in solving global challenges. “A strengthened multilateralism is the only way to find solutions to multidimensional problems that we are countering,” she said.

Likewise, he referred to the leadership in environmental matters in which Colombia works through initiatives such as the Pact of Leticia, the Andean Environmental Charter with the countries of the Andean Community of Nations (CAN), the protection of the moors and biodiversity , the fight against deforestation, climate change, among others.

Precisely, in relation to climate change, the Minister emphasized that the climate financing agenda is a priority for Colombia, within the framework of the COP 26 that will take place in 2021.

Regarding the Paris Agreement, he mentioned that Colombia presented this week the national contribution determined with a commitment to reduce emissions of 51% by 2030, a goal that incorporates concrete multisectoral actions in energy transition, clean mobility, reduction of deforestation and planting trees throughout the Colombian territory, in addition to working with citizens to motivate them to reduce, recycle and reuse.

“Colombia and the European Union have been strengthening bilateral relations, with an ambitious agenda. We are pleased that it includes environmental issues and digital transformation, two main themes of this Conference, which are also the axes of our government’s development plan and economic reactivation ”, concluded the Chancellor.

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