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Some Media Highlights

 


 

  • Interviewed by TIME magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, VICE news, TicoTimes regarding Costa Rica's renewable energy outlook and carbon neutrality target.


  • Listed  as one of the 20 "Women to Watch ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit" by RTCC in London.
    Women to watch ahead of the UN’s 2015 climate summit - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/08/06/women-to-watch-ahead-of-the-uns-2015-climate-summit/#sthash.izag3WGn.dpuf

  • El Financiero featured our citizen work as Costa Rica Limpia as part of a special supplement on low carbon development.

  • Interviewed by Costa Rican newspaper La República on climate change issues"Cambio climático y su Impacto"  (Read it here


  • Interviewed by political analyst Claudio Alpízar Otoya in his TV program "Noche sin Tregua"  and several radio and TV programs in Costa Rica.

 

 
INTERVIEWS - Newspapers, Radio, T.V. and Social Media
 
  • Interviewed by Diego Arguedas from IPSNews regarding renewables in Latin America  09.08.15
    (link)
  • Interviewed by Lisa Friedman from Climate Wire regarding Christiana Figures (for a feutured article) 10.08.15
  • Interview by Repretel TV regarding  05.06.15 regarding Costa Rica Limpia´s citizen consultation on climate issues  06.08.15
    (link)
  • Interview by Michele Soto from La Nación regarding Costa Rica Limpia´s citizen consultation on climate issues  06.08.15
    (link)
  • Interview by Josué Alvarado from CRHoy regarding Costa Rica Limpia´s citizen consultation on climate issues  07.08.15  (link)
  • Interview by Repretel TV regarding World Environment Day  05.06.15
  • Interview by Fusion TV Channel about Costa Rica carbon neutrality 09.06.15 (upcoming)
  • Interviewed by Frédréric Saliba from Le Monde Diplomatique regarding renewables in Costa Rica 27.04.15  (upcoming)
  • Interview by Tomy DiPierro from Vice News (español) regarding renewables in Costa Rica 16.04.15  (link)
  • Interviewed by Justin Forland from Time Magazine regarding renewables in Costa Rica  31.03.15
    (link)
  • Interview by Radio Nacional on CELAC and the environment.  20.01.15
As Lima climate talks stutter, business remains positive - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/12/12/as-lima-climate-talks-stutter-business-remains-positive/#sthash.PW7QJdnP.dpuf
As Lima climate talks stutter, business remains positive - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/12/12/as-lima-climate-talks-stutter-business-remains-positive/#sthash.PW7QJdnP.dpuf
  • Interviewed in Radio program (Costa Rica): Radio Universidad:  Climate, environment and citizen engagement in Costa Rica 18.11.14
  • Interviewed by Radio Monumental (Radio program):  The role of the radio in driving social change
  • Interviewed by Amelia Rueda (Radio program):  U.N. Summit in New York
  • Radio interview at Amelia Rueda with the main Presidential Candidates (together with the Costa Rica Limpia team)
  • Radio Interview at Mundo Verde con Saadita Power (together with the Costa Rica Limpia team)
  • Interviewed by El Financiero"Costa Rica Limpia fiscalizará cumplimiento de promesas ambientales" 
  •  Interviewed by La Nación"Organización promueve discusión en campaña sobre desarrollo limpio"  Enlace aquí 
  • Quoted in Climate Wire article by Lisa Friedman about Latin American climate leadership. "A Latin American bloc forms to push for voluntary emission reduction goals"  (Subscription only)
  • Interviewed by Costa Rican newspaper La República "Cambio climático y su Impacto"  (Read it here
  • The newspaper La República´s editorial focused on climate change and its impacts (and mentioned my talk)  (Read it here)
  • Profile article in La República about my lecture on climate change and infrastructure "Cambio climático, Prioridad País"  (Read it here)
  • Interviewed by Climate Wire on 20.03.2014 Link 
 

Video de nuestro lanzamiento el 12.01.14 .¿Qué es Costa Rica Limpia?"

Launching of www.CostaRicaLimpia.org

 

 

Highlights 2013

Climate Summit in Warsaw 2013 - Cumbre Climática en Varsovia 2013

Video producido por/Video produced by UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013. Launched during the Climate Summit, I explain why the report is relevant for Latin America.  I am a member of the Report´s Steering Committee.

18 November 2013

German Newspaper TAZ writes about the Government of Costa Rica dismissing a climate adviser (yours truly) because of her(my) criticisms of an oil refinery. By Bernhard Poetter.

LINK: "Costa Rica feuert Klimaunterhändlerin"

 

Das Land gilt als „grüne Schweiz Mittelamerikas“. Aber nun hat Costa Rica seine Klima-Unterhändlerin rausgeworfen – weil sie gegen eine Ölraffinerie protestiert.

 

14 November 2013

Climate talks: will COP19 help poor countries? (The Guardian & ODI)

The Guardian's Podcast can be heard here

Transcript can be read here


13 November 2013

LINK: "Reducir el petróleo en Costa Rica sería como abolir el ejército"

I was interviewed by Diego Arguedas from the Costa Rican Newspaper La Nación - Entrevista con La Nación

"Tenemos que decidir cuál camino tomamos y definirlo así. Porque no podemos seguir pidiendo donaciones para ambiente y préstamos para una refinería: estamos pidiendo plata regalada para lo bonito, pero pedimos un préstamo enorme para una infraestructura sucia."

"We have to decide which path to take and to stick to it. "Because we cannot keep asking for donations for the environment and then get loans for a refinery: we are asking for free money to fund cute projects, but then go an ask for a huge loan for dirty infrastructure."
 

14 November 2013

LINK: UNEP Gap Report presentation in Warsaw. 

IISD Reporting Service LINKAGES writes a summary of our panel. My presentation led to this article published by RTCC.org

 

5 November 2013

LINK: "Gap between emissions cuts and dangerous climate change widens, report says"  Climate Wire by Lisa Friedman

Monica Araya, a member of UNEP's scientific steering committee and a former climate negotiator from Costa Rica, said middle-income and developing countries need to step up and start "saying no" to "high-emissions infrastructure that is being put in place in the name of development, often without much public debate."

Said Araya, "Unless we link this discussion on climate action to local political debates, the emissions gap will continue increasing."

 

5 November 2013

Press conference in Berlin: Global Launch of Emissions Gap Report 2013
 
I spoke at the global press conference as a Member of the Steering Committee and emphasize the need for governments to say no to dirty infrastructure projects. Saying yes to some green measures will not be enough to close the emissions gap.
 
My remarks starts around minute 40 (0:40):

 


23 Octubre 2013

Radio program:  Hablando Claro: Interview about climate and elections and Agenda Nacional. Podcast is here 

 

4 de setiembre 2013

Semanario Universidad: Exnegociadora para Costa Rica en Naciones Unidas: Gobierno queda debiendo en materia ambiental

 

 

Climate Dialogue in Latin America 2013

  • For this conference I prepared the article A New Why for Climate Action. World Resources Institute and Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, the Government of Chile and CDKN organized the event.

 
 
Oil Refinery controversy in Costa Rica -  La controversia de la Refinería China en Costa Rica
 
  • This is a collection of articles related to our government´s (mistaken) idea to ask for a $1.5 billion loan in order to build an oil refinery to be co-run with China. Fortunately, the project has been stopped temporarily amid civil society pressure
  • These are some of the articles for which I was interviewed and where I expressed my criticisms of the refinery were mentioned.
  • The Minister of Environment and the Head of the Costa Rican delegation removed me from the climate delegation as a result of my critisims of the Chinese refinery (in June 2013 amid some heated public debate on the appropriateness of their decision).  In response to the public backlash, Minister René Castro refused to admit he removed me in the first place.
 
8 November 2013

German Newspaper TAZ writes about how the Government of Costa Rica dismissed a climate adviser (yours truly) because of her opposition to an oil refinery to be built in Costa Rica.  By Bernhard Poetter.

"Costa Rica feuert Klimaunterhändlerin"

 

Das Land gilt als „grüne Schweiz Mittelamerikas“. Aber nun hat Costa Rica seine Klima-Unterhändlerin rausgeworfen – weil sie gegen eine Ölraffinerie protestiert.

 

Climate Wire-Lisa Friedman

Costa Rica backs away from China oil refinery deal

24 June 2013

"This decision will allow us to take a step back and ask, 'Why do we need an oil refinery in the first place?'" said Monica Araya, a former climate change adviser to the government who was fired after she spoke out against the refinery. "Instead of resubmitting a feasibility study, the government needs to reject this project once and for all," Araya said.

 

El País

Los planes petroleros de China sufren un tropiezo en Costa Rica. 

22 de junio 2013

"Además de las dudas legales y financieras, el gobierno de Chinchilla recibió críticas por llevar adelante un proyecto petrolero que chirría con el discurso ecologista y de promoción de energías limpias, además de contradecir la intención de convertirse en un país carbono-neutral en el 2021, año en que cumple 200 años de independencia. “Instalar una refinería en Costa Rica es un giro al pasado”, escribió hace dos semanas Mónica Araya, una experta en cambio climático que representaba a Costa Rica en negociaciones internacionales. Ella denunció en la prensa haber sido retirada de tales funciones después de su opinión opuesta a la refinería, por decisión del ministro de Ambiente, René Castro."

 

Climate Wire-Lisa Friedman

China's friendship with Costa Rica may conflict with its green goals

 

"My ultimate goal is to help the debate in Costa Rica move away from how to do a refinery to why we need a refinery," she said. "If we can show South-South cooperation can be low-carbon cooperation, then we will have a triple win -- we can show it's good for Costa Rica, good for China and good for the environment."

 

El Financiero

El Gobierno está noqueado. La refinería lo terminó de tumbar.

20 Junio 2013

http://www.elfinancierocr.com/blogs/poli-tica/Gobierno-noqueado-Refineria-termino-tumbar_7_321637837.html 

Sin embargo, llama la atención como el Gobierno cerró filas para defender que se trataba de un proceso blindado. Lo hizo suyo, muy suyo. E incluso, trascendió que se llegó a despedir a dos funcionarios por discrepar de la versión oficial: Carlos Valverde, Director de Planificación de Recope, y Mónica Araya, asesora ambiental. Esto último fue negado por René Castro, ministro de Ambiente, pero la ex colaboradora alegó que el gobierno de Costa Rica comunicó a otros gobiernos que "liberaba de sus obligaciones" a Araya, quien había cuestionado el proyecto.

 

La Nación

Dos expertos alegan que Gobierno los quitó tras criticar refinería con China

20 junio 2013

"En el caso de Mónica Araya, su salida como asesora del equipo de negociadores de cambio climático de Costa Rica consta en un correo que circuló , el 12 de junio, entre delegaciones internacionales de los Gobiernos de Australia, Reino Unido y Ghana. En el correo se señala que, “por decisión del Gobierno de Costa Rica, la señora Mónica Araya ha sido liberada de sus obligaciones como asesora externa del Minae”.

 

Climate Action Network - Latin America

Red Mundial de Acción para el Cambio Climático lanza críticas contra nueva refinería

17 de junio, 2013

La Red cuestiona además la actitud del gobierno para con la asesora en materia ambiental Mónica Araya, representante del país ante la Conferencia sobre Cambio Climático que se realizó en Bonn, Alemania y a quien el Ministro de Ambiente, René Castro, le pidió separarse del grupo luego que Araya criticara el proyecto de refinería, en el programa Nuestra Voz.

 

AmeliaRueda.com  Interviewed by Costa Rican journalist Amelia Rueda 
 
Does Costa Rica need to build a refinery?
 
30 May 2013
 
"We need to frame the terms of cooperation with China along low-carbon lines.  Why do we need to take a loan for a refinery? Why can´t we talk about it in an open debate? Shouldn´t we invest in sustainable transport solutions instead?"
 
 
News related to my work as Costa Rican climate negotiator
 
 
"Costa Rica in the new direct access fund"   (Number 5(Upcoming April 2013)
Interviewed by Sven Harmeling (along with Marianella Feoli)

"NGOs can play a constructive role by connecting and empowering champions in different countries –their ideas, political narratives, proposals – to help build a North-South pathway for ambition¨

 
The Cartagena Dialogue and the Future of the Climate Regime (Summer 2013)
Article by Ethan Bowering
 
Araya states to goal is to “create a safe space for negotiators driven to bridge the North-South divide and avoid polarizing positions that often lead to paralysis at the negotiations.”
  
 
"El Camino a Varsovia"   (Edición 71- Green Edición(March 2013)
Interviewed by Mariela Montero for article about the next COP in Warsaw.
 
"Sabiamos que sería una COP transicional más que trascendental¨
 
 
 New alliance attempts to bridge North South gap in U.N. climate talks (January, 2013)
Interviewed by Lisa Friedman
 
"We want ambition to be framed in terms of self-interest."

For PDF click here

O Estado de Sao Paulo:
"Costa Rica tenta ser país neutro en carbono até 2021(January 2013, in Portuguese)
 
"Ao contrário do típico debate que vemos muito nas negociações internacionais, de países em desenvolvimento falando que as questões climáticas são um obstáculo e são vistas como algo injusto, que vai barrar o desenvolvimento, na Costa Rica as pessoas passaram a encarar a questão como uma oportunidade de diferenciação. Ter uma marca verde se tornou estratégico", afirma Mónica.
 
Winter 2012
 
"La tercera vía latinoamericana en la negociación del clima" (December 2012)
 
“Somos economías de renta media que queremos crecimiento económico pero desacoplando el PIB de las emisiones, sin repetir el error de los países desarrollados”, explica Araya. “Queremos pedir responsabilidad a los países desarrollados pero asumimos que también tenemos responsabilidad”.
 
"A New Latin American Climate Negotiating Group: The Greenest Shots in the Doha Dessert"   (December 2012)
 
Mónica Araya described how the group’s “objective is to build bridges to be constructive, propositive and open to dialogue” in what are often polarized and unproductive negotiations.  “The point is not to tell others they are wrong. Our objective is to move the 2015 negotiations forward,” she says. The timing for this kind of leadership is ripe.
 
"Finding Hope in the Final Hours of the Doha Climate Conference (December 2012)
 
Monica Araya said "keeping warming below 2 degrees requires a shift from the politics of blame to the politics of responsibility."
 
"UN says carbon cuts too slow to curb dangerous warming"   (November 2012)
 
"If we want politicians to endorse these policies they have to be able to go out there and sell them on the basis of the benefits they create for their people and not just for the planet."

 Other
 
Aljazeera English - News - 2:00pm Doha Time, Live Edition   (December 2012)
 
Costa Rica y otros países de América Latina proponen grupo de negociación en la Cumbre de DohaRadio Reloj, Costa Rica  (December 2012)
 
"UE y EEUU arriesgan firma del Protocol de Kioto IILa Razon Bolivia (December 2012)
 
"In Doha the Big Fight is over Climate Finance IPS  (December 2012)  
 
"En Doha la batalla es por la financiación climáticaLa Nación (Diciembre 2012)
 
 
 
-   "Cash is king: Forested countries must see REDD+ financial rewards CIFOR Forest News (May 2012)
 
-   "Following the money" Reviewing Fast-Start Finance Contributions IISD-ENB Bulletin  (May 2012)
  

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 2010 - 2011
 
-   Changing politics in climate negotiations in Tagszeitung, Berlin  (Dec. 2011)

-   Costa Rican balance of COP17´s outcome in La Nación San Jose, Costa Rica  (Dec. 2011)

-   Elements of Durban success opinion at ABC.net.au Australia (Dec. 2011) (written independenly)

-   Green Climate Fund in ENDS Report, London, UK (March 2011)

-  Cartagena Dialogue at Climate Wire, Washington DC (Nov. 2010)

 

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  Costa Rican delegation (La Nacion)

I n t e r v i e w s || E n t r e v i s t a s

MAR. 2011

18.03.11:  Radio Interview/Entrevista de Radio/ - Radio Centro Costa Rica 

Costa Ricans around the World - Ticos en el Mundo

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FEB. 2011

Feb. issue : Interview in Poder Magazine/Entrevista en Revista Poder

"En la Batalla por un Mundo Verde" (Battle for a Green World)

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 NOV. 2010

26.11.10: Radio Interview in Chile/Entrevista de Radio en Chile (Radio Duna)

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Hablando sobre economía de bajo carbono en Chile.

24.11.10: Interview in financial newspaper in Chile/Entrevista en Chile (Diario Financiero) con el título "Hay una clara Indicación que Chile es muy vulnerable al cambio climático".

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Link oficial (Se requiere suscripción)

Reproducción del articulo entero (en otro medio)

 Estas entrevistas en Chile fueron a raíz de mi participación como expositora en el (magnífico) evento "Mitigando el Cambio Climático en Chile". (Incluyo la presentación)

These interviews in Chile were in relation to my participation as speaker in a (great) event called "Mitigando el Cambio Climático en Chile". (Attached my presentation)


FEB. 2010

Interviewed by Nelmara Arbex (Brazil), Deputy Chief Executive at Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) about the Post-Copenhagen context. Entrevistada por la brasileira Nelmara Arbex, Directora Ejecutiva Adjunta de la Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). (en "Sustainabilidade com Pimenta").

Contexto pos-Copenhague Part 1  

Contexto pos-Copenhague Part 2

 

JAN. 2010

Article in La Nacion, Costa Rica by Pablo Fonseca; Artículo en La Nación por Pablo Fonseca.

Covering my ideas and work/Relato de mi trabajo e ideas.

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NOV. 2009

10.11.09  Interview for Pagina22 in Brazil as part of an article by Gustavo Faleiros discussing the Climate summit in Copenhagen (COP15)  Entrevista para Pagina22 en Brasil como parte de un artículo de Gustavo Faleiros sobre la cumbre climática en Copenhague (COP15).

Um Mundo Sem O Acordo

 

JULIO. 2009

16.07.09: Radio Interview in Costa Rica/Entrevista de Radio en Costa Rica (Radio Universidad)  realizada por J.M. Villasuso y Carlos Vargas-Pagán.

 

2007-2008

Entrevista en FUSION LATINA/Interview in FUSION LATINA, special edition on 100 entrepreneurial Latin American professionals (Spain)photo6.JPG
 
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Article in Brazilian Magazine ADIANTE, now called PAGINA 22. Done in collaboration with Flavia Pardini.
 
 
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V i d e o s || V í d e o s

(Part 1)  The Low Carbon Economy: Business Opportunities for Costa Rica - March 18, 2011 (Interview by Carlos Montero - Grupo Nación)

(Parte 1) Economía de Bajo Carbono: Oportunities de Negocio para Costa Rica - Marzo 18, 2011 (entrevista de Carlos Montero - Grupo Nación)

(Part 2)  The Low Carbon Economy: Business Opportunities for Costa Rica - March 18, 2011 (Interview by Carlos Montero - Grupo Nación)

(Parte 2) Economía de Bajo Carbon: Oportunities de Negocio para Costa Rica - Marzo 18, 2011 (entrevista de Carlos Montero - Grupo Nación)

Available here

Disponible aquí

DEC. 2010

Interview about CO16 in Cancún (basic intro to climate negotiations). Vídeo con introducción básica a la COP16 (by Esteban Bermudez, CO2Neutral2021.org)

JUN. 2010

Interview about UNFCCC session in Bonn (connecting local issues and climate negotiations). Vídeo sobre la sesión UNFCCC en Bonn, Alemania (By Roberto Jimenez, CO2Neutral2021org)

PREVIOUS PRESS ARTICLES

-  Press release by E3G in Tianjin covering my paper "Toward Low-Carbon Resilient Economies" Oct. 2010.

- Article about carbon markets by Fast Company (and about disproportionate Yalies influence on them) July 2008 

- Comments for article about economic and environmental trade-offs in Brazil by Veja Magazine Dec 2005

Press release / Nota de Prensa

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