Dominica’s Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit is leading the country’s delegation at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Also making up the delegation are Minister for Health and Environment Dr. Hon. Kenneth Darroux, Dominica’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States (OAS) Dr. Vince Henderson, and Dominica’s Ambassador to Japan Lloyd Pascal.
Known as the international, political response to climate change, the high-level conference, scheduled from November 07 to 18, 2016, is organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According to the UN, the UNFCCC was established in 1994 to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and made the Conference of the Parties (COP) the supreme governing body of the convention.
Delegations from the 195 countries which have ratified the Convention meet every year to review the Convention’s implementation. The UN also says there are three other responsibilities;
-To gather and share information on greenhouse gas emissions, national policies and optimal practices.
-To implement national strategies for addressing the issue on greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to foreseen impacts of climate change, as well as determining the provision of financial and technical support to developing countries.
-To cooperate to be prepared and adapt to climate change effects.
The last such meeting, COP 21 was held in Paris, France in 2015.