SEOUL – September 18, 2014 – Costa Rica formalized its membership status to GGGI today by formally depositing the instrument of ratification of the GGGI Establishment Agreement. The ceremony took place at the GGGI headquarters in Seoul.
H.E. Manuel Lopez-Trigo, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Republic of Korea, presented the official Instrument of Approval to Robert Dawson, Deputy Director-General of GGGI, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica on September 18, 2014.
As partners in green growth, Costa Rica signed the GGGI establishment as a founding member on June 20, 2012 at the Rio + 20 Summit in Brazil. Since then Costa Rica has been an active member of both the GGGI Assembly and Council. Today’s ceremony formalizes the relationship.
Ambassador Lopez-Trigo said, “I am pleased to be able to confirm that Costa Rica has ratified the GGGI Establishment Agreement and we look forward to cooperating with GGGI to support its vision of developing and diffusing green growth in emerging and developing countries. We have ambitious plans to become a carbon neutral economy by 2021, coupled with our innovative public policies. We hope to work closely with GGGI to achieve synergies in the transition to a low carbon economy.”
Mr. Robert Dawson, Deputy Director-General of Management and Administration added, “We are delighted that Costa Rica has successfully completed the ratification of the GGGI Establishment Agreement. Costa Rica has been a leader in sustainable development and green growth for a long time and is showing how international leadership on green growth is coming from today’s developing world. We hope that we can build strong ties with Costa Rica to tackle the prevailing challenges of our time, including climate change.”
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a new model of economic growth known as “green growth.” The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI’s experts are already working with governments around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions.
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