CARICOM eyes key outcomes from UN climate change talks

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada addressing a briefing at COP23 on Monday

Mitigating climate risks and building resilience against extreme weather events underpin key areas of focus for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during the ongoing United Nations (UN) climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

The Twenty Third Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23) is being held from 6-17 November under the presidency of Fiji.

This year’s climate talks mark the first time a member of the Alliance for Small Island States (AOSIS) has held the Presidency. It presents an important opportunity for CARICOM and the wider Small Island Developing States (SIDs) to influence the global climate change agenda.

Against the backdrop of the unprecedented climate disaster events which struck the Caribbean in September 2017, the opportunity looms large to focus the world’s attention on the peculiar vulnerabilities of Small Island and low-lying coastal countries.

For CARICOM, COP 23 offers an opportunity to advance the Paris Agreement Work Program, and to strengthen partnerships for climate action targeting financing for mitigation and adaptation.

The Community is expected to continue to advocate for the international community to honour the annual commitment of $100 billion to assist developing countries in their adaptation and mitigation efforts. The scale of the devastation in Barbuda (Sister Isle of Antigua), Dominica, the British Virgin Islands, St. Marten, Ragged Island in the Bahamas, the Turks and Caico Islands and well as Anguilla, will be highlighted as strong reminders of the need to upscale efforts, especially among SIDS, to adapt to and recover from the impact of global climate change.

CARICOM is therefore intent on pushing for countries to implement their intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to greenhouse gas emissions, as it continues to advocate that global temperature limit should be 1.5°C which is critical for our survival.

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  1. Hart
    November 17, 2017

    VTo my fellow Dominicans In as much as there will not be a Miss Dominica 2018 and Miss Dominica 2017 reign is for one year My suggestion for the year 2018 at regional competitions should be Carla Henry the first runner up for 2017

  2. Real Truth
    November 14, 2017

    These summits are bull…. Many of the very countries who signed or sign these agreements are guilty of destroying this planet by nuclear power plants, mining, oil and gas exploration , war, sending satellites into orbit, airline travel and the construction of large metropolitan cities, where millions of trees and organisms are destroyed, which we call modernism, etc….
    Lastly, climate change talk would not be heard of or discussed if Caribbean nations etc. we’re not promised large sums of money by signing the Paris Climate change Accord agreements! Prove me wrong!

    • NoName
      November 15, 2017

      Real Truth come big. Think about it. Of course they have done wrong. That is why they have signed this agreement promising to do better. That’s what the Paris agreement is about. Also ofcourse we developing countries need money. Many of us are most vulnerable to climate change. Like Dominica. We need money to rebuild now and later on to adapt to further changes in the climate. These summits are important. This is where the planning happens so work can be done to fix the ills we ourselves as humans has caused. The man who fails to plan plans to fail my friend!

  3. analy thomas
    November 14, 2017

    climate change! Hmmmmm. We just don’t get it!
    Let me ask a question which makes sense? Why is the world talking about climate change and not implementing the necessary infrastructure to pilot this program? (talk and more talk) Why are we not making forceful use of geothermal, Hydro, wind, solar……….. worldwide?
    You see, here’s the answer! Toward the end, oil will become a scarce commodity on the earth and the only place with oil will be in Israel’s hand; hence the reason for the nations rising against it! It’s richness lie in it’s reserves. That’s why they want to wipe it off the face of the earth!
    Satan, who has been in millions of years of existence has been planning to self destruct the earth. Since God has a covenant with Israel he will protect Israel with His own hands. So… we will continue to foolishly use all the oil to continue to destroy the ozone.
    call me foolish if you want but someone will remember these words one day!
    God’s name be praised!

  4. Roger Burnett
    November 14, 2017

    In amongst the SID’s, COP23’s and NDC’s, one of my daughters – a coastal erosion specialist – is at the conference and making a presentation on behalf of the BVI.

    As regular readers might guess, we are often at loggerheads on the subject of Climate Change and Global Warming!

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