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Juan Carlos Monterrey Gómez

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Scholar Juan Carlos Monterrey Gómez from University of Chicago Scholars 2018-2019.

Climate Transparency & Carbon Markets Specialist


Juan Carlos is the vice chair for the implementation of the UN Climate Convention, the founder of Climate Resilient and has vast experience on climate transparency, carbon markets and nature-based solutions. He has served as lead climate negotiator for Panama, chair of the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC) and co-coordinator of the ambition agenda for AILAC and the Cartagena Dialogue. At COP26, he led the youngest delegation in history to represent a country at the UN Climate Negotiations. His work is informed by his upbringing in El Pájaro de Pesé, a rural community in Central America's Dry Corridor.

Juan Carlos co-authored the executive decrees that established the national carbon market of Panama, the national 2050 carbon neutrality goal and the national decarbonization and climate transparency program. He was a core member of the teams tasked with the development of the 2016 and 2020 Panamanian Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Juan Carlos was the youngest head of a country delegation in 2015 during negotiations of the Paris Agreement. He is a member of the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Scholars and currently coordinates a World Bank technical assistance to support the implementation of the national carbon market in Panama.