Minister Mouynes Participated at GPIC 2021 and Highlighted the Importance of Unlocking Green Financing for Developing Countries.

Panama’s Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes wrapped up the Green Climate Fund’s 4th annual Private Investment for Climate Conference (GPIC 2021) virtual event on October 19, 2021, by calling on the international community to unlock green financing and help enable an inclusive and sustainable recovery for developing nations around the world. 

Concluding the two-day virtual event that brought together multi-sectoral stakeholders for a discussion on accelerating sustainable development financing in the leadup to COP26, Foreign Minister Mouynes – in conversation with GCF Deputy Executive Director Javier Manzanares and United Nations World Tourism Organization Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili – referenced Panama’s unique perspective as one of only three carbon negative countries in the world to underscore the importance of laying the groundwork for effective climate action.  

Minister Mouynes also drew attention to the link between gender parity and sustainable development. Noting that over 50 percent of entrepreneurs in Panama’s burgeoning sustainable tourism industry are women, Minister Mouynes emphasized that gender parity is key to achieving a successful recovery. “When you’re trying to achieve sustainable growth in rural areas, it is really women who take on these opportunities,” she said.

Watch Foreign Minister Mouynes’ full remarks at GPIC 2021 here.