President of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change participated in the IX International Congress on Climate Change in the Territorial Development Agenda
From October 5-7, Member of the National Assembly Javier Ortega (Panama), President of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change (PNCC), participated in the IX International Congress of Climate Change in the Territorial Development Agenda. The Congress, organized by the Dominican Federation of Municipal Districts (FEDOMIM, by its Spanish initials), brought together delegates from 24 countries in Latin America, including more than 170 district directors or mayors from the Dominican Republic.
During the Congress, delegates recognized that climate change is a global phenomenon that requires international agreements, and that policy is needed at the local, municipal, and regional levels to adapt to its impacts. The delegates presented examples of the impact of recent natural disasters in the region on municipalities and stressed that local governments lack the resources to face extreme weather events.
Mr. Ortega participated in the Congress’ main panel in his capacity as President of the Ibero-American Federation of Green Municipalities and stated that, “We must move forward with actions and effective mechanisms for comprehensive disaster risk management; that is why we as parliamentarians, together with municipal authorities and other social actors, have the responsibility to act in a coordinated manner to mitigate the effects of climate change.”
The ParlAmericas climate change program works to strengthen the legislative agenda in the fight against climate change and its impacts in the hemisphere, and to promote action aligned with the Nationally Determined Contributions adopted in the Paris Agreement.