The president of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, is in Madrid to attend the COP25 climate summit, where he will meet with the highest authorities of the European country. Moreno traveled in the afternoon of Saturday and will remain in Spain until Wednesday, December 4, when he will return to the country.
The Spanish capital is home to the climate summit as it could not be held in Santiago, Chile, as originally planned, due to social protests that took place more than forty days ago.
Moreno heads a delegation that includes Foreign Minister José Valencia, the Minister of Environment, Raúl Ledesma, and the private secretaries of the Presidency, Juan Sebastián Roldán, and Communication of the Presidency, Gabriel Arroba.
His wife, Rocío de Moreno, president of the Interinstitutional Committee of the Government Plan “Toda Una Vida”, and the Ecuadorian ambassador to Spain, Cristóbal Roldán, will also accompany the president.
The agenda of the President of this Sunday included the meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, in which they discussed environmental issues and the relationship of Ecuador and the UN.
The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, José Valencia, also participated in the event and stressed that the meeting was positive and fruitful. “The United Nations supports one hundred percent the defense of the democratic order, which is the only thing that guarantees full enforcement of the defense of rights,” he said.
Likewise, he stated that, in the face of the events raised in October, the public force acted in unrestricted adherence to the law, taking care to respect human rights, and took the opportunity to specify that the country will present additional information to international organizations, Regarding the transparency of the actions of the State against violent groups.
This bilateral event also presented the actions that Ecuador is implementing for the care of the environment; among them, the reduction of the deforestation rate to 48.6% in the last two decades and the existence of 59 protected areas, which correspond to 14% of the national territory.
The Head of State, prior to the appointment with Guterres, was received by a large group of Ecuadorian migrants, who showed their support and thanks for the free legal advice on mortgage matters.
The compatriot Ximena Salazar, for example, stressed the importance of the participation of the Prime Minister in the UN Summit because of its high international significance.
“We are very excited that the President is here, especially for something so important that it is to represent all Ecuadorians in such a necessary summit for the country and for the world,” he said.
At the Summit, Moreno will reiterate the country’s commitment to limit greenhouse gas emissions, in accordance with the UN convention on climate change, and with the Paris agreement.