Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos calls on the G-20 to help deal with the devastating effects of Colombia’s rainy season and to implement policies to combat climate change.
Santos was received by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, with whom he discussed the bilateral diplomatic agenda, reports Caracol.
“I sent a signal to the G-20 countries and the industrialized world because there is an enormous financial cost and reconstruction will cost us at least COP12 billion [$6.5 million]. The question is whether the G-20 wants to address the problem of climate change and ensure that policies can be put in place to prevent the food crisis worsening,” said the head of state.
Santos has previously said that he will use Wednesday’s meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the current chairman of the G-20, to discuss the economic implications of the so-called “currency war.”
The Colombian president, who recently criticized the U.S. and Europe for having “forgotten” about Latin America, added that Europe should not consider Latin America as a second-class continent.
He will remain in France until Wednesday 26 before attending the World Economic Forum in Davos.