For climate change to become a pillar of U.S. foreign policy, the Biden administration will need to create a constructive agenda that incorporates the priorities of its allies, but also meets Washington's objectives. In its relations with Latin America and the Caribbean and Spain, the United States has many opportunities for collaboration that would meet these objectives.
A new chapter is opening due to the return of the new U.S. government to the Paris Agreement, the mitigation of the climate crisis will largely determine the future of renewable energies and other axes that represent a potential economic flow in a context of decarbonization of the economy and an urgent post-pandemic green recovery. The terms of trade between Mexico and the United States will depend fundamentally on the flexibility that the Biden administration demonstrates in complying with trade, labor and environmental provisions that have been subscribed to in the T-MEC.
The regional Climate Weeks will provide a platform for representatives of national and sub-national governments, cities, the private sector, financial institutions and civil society to jointly discuss opportunities to better recover from the COVID19 pandemic. On the other hand, they will serve for recovery policies to identify opportunities to incorporate ambitious measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience to climate change.
Under the presidency of the United Nations COP25 on Climate Change held in Madrid, the 6 axes of the Santiago-Glasgow Roadmap were approved, to which one more was added later to shift gears and increase multi-level climate action with the representation of the most important networks representing the voice of thousands of local governments on the planet. The first NDCs are not fully compatible with the Paris Agreement because they were all prepared prior to its adoption. In other words, they did not address key objectives such as multi-level action, neutrality in a context of climate emergency and 1.5°C targets. Therefore, the success of COP26 depends on all nations, in collaboration with local and regional governments, preparing ambitious new NDCs before Glasgow. There are several examples of local legislation tools are needed to ensure achieving the 1.5 C global temperature cap target.
"The President will host a leaders' summit on climate change on April 22, Earth Day, which will include a new convening at the leaders' level of the Major Economies Forum. The convening of this summit is essential to ensure that 2021 is going to be the year that really makes up for the lost time of the last four years."
Special Presidential Climate Envoy
The United States is Spain's most important trading partner in the region. In 2017 it was the sixth largest customer (Spanish exports to this country were €12,461 million) and the fifth largest supplier to Spain (Spanish imports were €13,824 million). This panel will discuss how the Biden administration's new infrastructure plan may represent an opportunity for Spanish innovation in the clean energy sector. Spain's approval of the Climate Change Law sets a historic precedent.
To comply with the Paris Agreement, a new financial architecture that connects private capital with innovation in the region is imminent because in most cases it must be executed in subnational territory. How to do it, what is needed? This panel will outline several initiatives being undertaken to accelerate the decarbonization of portfolios.
FREE LUNCH BREAK
08:00 - 09:00
BREAKFAST ON THE BALCONY OVERLOOKING THE WHITE HOUSE
09:50 - 10:30
SUSTAINABLE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES - MEXICO-UNITED STATES RELATIONSHIP
10:40 - 11:20
REGIONAL CLIMATE WEEK LACCW2021 AND THE CHALLENGE TOWARDS COP26
11:30 - 12:10
RACE TO ZERO IN CITIES
12:20 - 13:00
CLOSING IN HAY-ADAMS ROOM
13:50 - 14:30
THE U.S. AND SPAIN'S CLIMATE AGENDA
14:40 - 15:30
GREEN FINANCING FOR LATIN AMERICA
Verónica Arias, Executive Director, CC35
Gerardo Zamora, Governor, Santiago del Estero Province, Recorded message
Alejandro Guerrero, CEO, Lockton, Argentina & Uruguay
Luis Felipe López-Calva, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP, Recorded message
Francisco Suárez, CEO of LATAM, AdeS
Rubén Muñoz, Mayor, La Paz, Mexico
Juan Fermín Rodríguez, CEO, Kingo Energy
Mathis Wackernagel, Creator of the Ecological Footprint, Global Footprint Network
Moderator: Juan Pablo Bonilla, IDB's Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector (CSD)
Cecilia Requena, Senator for Plurinational State of Bolivia and Co-Chair of the Legislative Alliance for Climate Emergency
Milagros de Camps, Vice Minister of Environment Dominican Republic
Santiago Zorrilla, Senator, for Dominican Republic and Co-Chair of the Legislative Alliance for Climate Emergency
Alexis Leroy, CEO and Founder, Allcot Group
Moderator: Paolo Galli, Senior Regional Advisor, UNDP
Nasry Asfura, Mayor, Tegucigalpa, President of CC35, Honduras
Ernesto Muyshondt, Mayor, San Salvador, Vicepresident of CC35 to Central America, El Salvador
Eduardo López de Victoria, Central America Director, BYD
Moderator: Verónica Arias, Executive Director, CC35
Sebastián Navarro, Global Envoy of the Santiago-Glasgow Route and Secretary General of CC35
Carolina Mejía, Mayor, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Recorded message
Juan Verde, President, Advance Leadership Foundation
Orlando Jorge Mera, Minister of Environment, Dominican Republic
Vicente López-Ibor Mayor, President, Ampere Energy
Jesús Gil, Director/Partner, Solarays
Luis Suarez-Olea, Global Head of M&A, Enzen
Terry Tamminen, Former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Moderator: Francisco Garzón, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Spain (ICEX)
Craig Cogut, CEO, Pegasus Capital
Diego Zaldívar, CEO, RSK
Irene Arias Hofman, CEO, IDB Lab
Marco Monroy, CEO, MGM Innova Group
Sérgio Gusmão Suchodolski, Presidente Banco de Desenvolvimento, Minas Gerais
Moderator: Alejandro Guerrero, CEO, Lockton, Argentina & Uruguay
09:00 - 09:40
OPENING IN THE HAY-ADAMS ROOM
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