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European and Colombian authorities will board the train against climate change

Authorities of the European Union (EU) and representatives of the Colombian government today held a symbolic act to get on the "Train Bogota-Paris" to ratify its commitments in the fight against climate change ahead of the summit cop21 starting on November 30 in the French capital.

The train departed from Bogota Usaquen bound for the neighboring town of Chia, where diplomats participated in the conference "Joint Challenges of Climate Change", held at the University of La Sabana, Efe reported.

The European delegation was headed by Ambassador of the EU in Colombia, Ana Paula Zacarias, who highlighted the commitment of the 28 countries of the Community and Colombia block to reduce CO2 emissions and improve environmental protection.

"Colombia is making a great effort because it is well aware of its biodiversity, but also its vulnerability. It's a pretty vulnerable in the event that the (global) temperature rise of three degrees Celsius country," Zacharias said.

The diplomat warned that if "clear measures" are not put in place against climate change "truly tragic phenomena, population displacement and conflicts over water need to start from and prevent" will occur.

Also, the director of Economic, Social and Environmental Foreign Ministry of Colombia, Andrea Guerrero Affairs told Efe that the country "wants to play a decisive role in the cop21" and will attend the summit "with strong demands on large countries and issuers "but also to" constructive proposals ".

He added that Colombia is committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 20% by 2030.

Cop21 environmental summit, to be held from November 30 to December 11 in Paris will seek to produce a text that will replace the Kyoto Protocol after 2020.

The EU commitment to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2030 and to achieve a reduction of up to 80-85% by 2050, as detailed Zechariah.

For its part, the French ambassador in Bogota, Jean-Marc Laforêt, who devised this symbolic train journey, stressed Efe that the aim of the cop21 is out "with an ambitious and binding agreement" because "if nothing is done The temperature may rise between 4 and 7 degrees, which would be a total catastrophe for much of the planet. "

"Another important objective is that the least developed countries will cost them much to adapt to these efforts and that richer countries must help them and pay for it," he added.

France working with Colombia to implement projects to combat climate change and to "promote sustainable development in their local dimension," he told Efe the director of the French Development Agency for Colombia and Ecuador, Maurice Bernard.

In this regard, Bernard said the French government granted a loan to Colombia worth 300 million dollars to finance public sector policies in this area, which was signed in the framework of the visit of Prime Minister Manuel Valls last month of June.

The Spanish ambassador in Colombia, Ramón Gandarias, noted that "the country has realized that its rich natural resources are and if care is not going to come down."

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