Due to the situation in Costa Rica, this webinar will take place at a later time.
Facing the global COVID-19 crisis, humanity is dealing with an unprecedented challenge. Next to severe impacts for the health system, we are confronted with the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression. The national and international recovery programs will be larger than those seen after the global ginancial crisis in 2008. They will determine our infrastructure for decades to come.
Therefore, it is crucial to combine upcoming recovery programs and the following recovery plans with zero carbon development plans and Green Deals, to avoid similar and worse atastrophes in the future. We need to build an economy and a society that is more resilient, more inclusive, more renewable and healthier, improving the way of life of all citizens in Costa Rica. Instead of managing acute symptoms of the crisis, the government should develop a longer-term vision when designing COVID19 recovery programs – with renewable energies at the core. And with almost 100% renewable electricity around the year, Costa Rica is unprecedented in becoming a lighthouse for a strong, green economic recovery.
Against this backdrop, the parliamentary online seminar on 28 October will facilitate a dialogue among Costa Rican legislators to discuss legislative options to develop and implement strong economic foundations post-COVID-19. Legislators play a key role in securing momentum for swift societal and sector-wide economic and environmental policies.