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Petro on Official Visit to Costa Rica


Gustavo Petro Costa Rica
President Gustavo Petro arrived in Costa Rica on Monday on an official visit. Credit: Twitter/Gustavo Petro

Colombian President Gustavo Petro has arrived in Costa Rica on an official visit. During his time in the Central American country, he will receive the distinction of Doctor Honoris Causa for his contributions to peace. He will also hold a meeting with the Costa Rican President, Rodrigo Chaves.

The Colombian President’s agenda in Costa Rica includes topics such as the Paz Total project, the fight against climate change and energy transition, human rights, sustainable tourism, trade, migration, and the battle against drug trafficking and transnational crime.

Bilateral Agenda Colombia – Costa Rica

The meeting, scheduled for Monday, August 28, between both presidents at the presidential palace in San Jose, will address various topics of interest to both countries. The presidents will lead working teams from both governments to discuss several points. Cooperation in energy transition, climate change mitigation and adaptation are central to the jointly discussed topics.

This includes the protection of marine ecosystems within the framework of the East Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR), a space that also involves Panama and Ecuador.

In matters of energy transition, Colombia proposes regional certification of green hydrogen, which will promote the market for this product to generate clean energy.

Regarding the fight against drug trafficking, Colombia will invite countries in the region to participate in the high-level meeting to be held in Cali from September 7 to 9. The meeting will introduce the country’s new approach to the global fight against drug trafficking.

An issue of special interest to citizens is visa processing. In this regard, the Colombian Head of State will address visa exemptions for Colombian citizens entering Costa Rica.

During the meeting between the two leaders, it is expected that topics such as the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the Pacific Alliance, currently composed of Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Chile, will also be discussed.

During this visit to Costa Rica, President Petro will also meet with judges from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) to reaffirm Colombia’s commitment to the fight for human rights.

Honoris Causa Doctorate

Finally, Gustavo Petro will be received at the University for Peace, an institution belonging to the United Nations academic system. There, he will deliver the opening speech for the 2023-2024 academic year. Established by the UN General Assembly in 1980 in Colón, this institution hosts a diverse student body from up to 37 countries.

The university offers a multicultural and multidisciplinary program and operates with university autonomy, focusing on conflict resolution.

At this institution, the Colombian President will be awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in recognition of his work for peace in Colombia.

The Colombian President is expected to return to his country on Tuesday, August 29.

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The University of Peace is based in Colon, Costa Rica. Credit: Public Domain

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