In conversation with Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Winner of the Earthshot Prize, Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado Quesada discusses the country’s green achievements and how they might be replicated in countries around the world.

Members event, Panel Recording
3 November 2021 — 12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Online

In conversation with Carlos Alvarado Quesada - highlights

— HIGHLIGHT CLIP: Winner of the Earthshot Prize, Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado Quesada discusses the country’s green achievements and how they might be replicated in countries around the world.

President Carlos Alvarado Quesada joins Chatham House during his visit to COP26 in Glasgow. Elected in 2018, President Alvarado Quesada has initiated a series of policies to reduce Costa Rica’s carbon emissions and promote the country’s environmental and social policies beyond its borders.

This year, Costa Rica was named a winner of the ‘Earthshot Prize’ for protecting nature. Its green initiatives have doubled the number of trees and is seen as a role model for others to follow.

This timely discussion considers the key to Costa Rica’s success and how that could be duplicated beyond its borders:

  • To what extent can countries, such as Costa Rica, build coalitions to reduce carbon emissions and meet international targets?

  • What are the immediate threats of climate change to Latin American and Caribbean economies and populations given current projections?

  • What is the potential role of developed countries and multilateral development agencies in climate change adaption for at-risk countries and populations?

  • What is the Costa Rican president’s agenda at the summit and what are his expectations?

  • Having led an international effort to pool research and technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, what is the future of global health cooperation?

  • Within Latin America is there a shared vision of addressing climate change?

This event forms part of Chatham House’s ongoing work on Realizing Sustainability.

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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