Guatemala by -AGN- On behalf of the Government of Guatemala, Foreign Minister Mario Búcaro led the first High-Level Meeting of the negotiating group of the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean -AILAC- in New York.
This meeting took place during the participation of the Guatemalan authorities in the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations.
In its official account, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned that Minster Búcaro inaugurated the first High-Level Meeting of the AILAC negotiating group in New York, reaffirming the country’s firm commitment to maintaining a conciliatory and ambitious group.
The minister focused the meeting on reaching a consensus and obtaining results that would lead to specific actions to address climate change.
Guatemala holds the pro tempore presidency of AILAC, leading on climate change matters and offering best practices such as forest concessions, agricultural insurance, and incentives.
Pro Tempore Presidency
On July 3 of this year, the Guatemalan government assumed the pro tempore presidency of AILAC. AILAC is a formal negotiating group within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The previous pro tempore president was Costa Rica, which held the position for the last six months. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources leads Guatemala’s presidency in close coordination with Foreign Minister Mario Búcaro.
The AILAC presidency will serve as a platform to present the unified position of the Association’s member countries at the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change -COP28-, taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12.
About the Ailac
Ailac was created to seek strategic alliances between countries with similar positions to form a negotiating group under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
It was formally created in 2012 after constantly integrating and consolidating positions among the countries. Ailac also responded to the need to build a defined identity that would allow them to be recognized as increasingly significant actors in climate negotiations.
Article 3 of the Ailac Regulations defines the pro tempore presidency. The chairmanship is held for six months, according to the alphabetical order of rotation established in the regulations, and its function is representation, spokesperson, and coordination.
Guatemala will take over in the second half of 2023, coinciding with the COP28.