Caribbean Climate Watch – February Edition #2

Caribbean Climate Watch – February Edition #2

Welcome to Caribbean Climate Watch! Below are some of the major climate change headlines regionally and internationally. 

Have a read!

Regional

AOSIS: CARICOM used their opportunity to speak at the recently held AOSIS 2020 Vision session to highlight the need for solutions to its correspondent banking challenges which impede its path to sustainable development combating the climate crisis. Read more.

UNDP: Work recently commenced on the reconstruction of houses for the first twenty beneficiaries under the European Union (EU) funded Housing Support to Barbuda project. Led by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) the project aims to repair or rebuild 150 residential structures of the most vulnerable persons in Barbuda whose houses were destroyed after the 2017 Hurricane Season. The “Build Back Better” (BBB) approach will be used in the rebuilding process. Read more.

CDB: The governments of Belize and the UK along with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have launched an infrastructure project in Belize in effort to enhance safety and climate resilience. Read more.

International

UNDP: Switzerland and Ghana have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance their mode of cooperation under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. The bilateral agreement is expected to facilitate Ghana’s National Clean Energy Access Programme (NCEP), which will enable the country to receive international financial support to implement projects to fulfill its climate commitments. Read more.

UNDRR: The United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction have signed a joint agreement to step up their climate actions. The closer partnership will allow the two agencies to provide even better support to countries as they build stronger resilience against disasters and ramp-up their efforts to tackle climate risks. Read more.

UNFCCC: The Bank of England has launched a “COP26 Private Finance Agenda” to help private finance assist in the global economy transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. The agenda’s purpose is to ensure that every professional financial decision will need to take climate change into account. Read more.

Climate Home: The Dutch Supreme Court has ordered the government to cut emissions by 25% by 2020 however, the latest figures show only a 15% reduction from 1990 levels. It is the first time any court in the world has ruled that a government had explicit duties to protect its citizens’ human rights in the face of climate change. Read more.

Climate Home: Activists in England are celebrating a historic victory after the Royal Courts of Justice in London blocked plans for a third runway at the city’s Heathrow airport. Lord Justice Lindblom found that the plans backed by MPs disregarded the UK’s Paris Agreement pledge in 2015 to reduce carbon emissions to 1.5C or “well below” 2C warming. Read more.

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