Welcome to Caribbean Climate Watch! Below are some of the major climate change headlines regionally and internationally.
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OECS: The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have embarked on a 15 month project which will look at the issue of climate change and Caribbean migration. Its main aim is to enhance human mobility governance relating to climate change in the six independent Member States of the OECS through improved evidence and regional cooperation. Read more.
CARICOM: CARICOM Ministers recently voiced their concerns to Incoming President of the 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP 26, Alok Sharma. Part of a Ministerial Roundtable, the CARICOM Ministers used the opportunity to highlight that a more inclusive approach to negotiations at the next COP was necessary to achieve strong results and suggested a collaborative approach to ensure that SIDS voices were present in the closed room discussions. Read more.
AOSIS: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has launched a clarion call for the international community to increase its economic support and climate action in light of the “double financial blow” of COVID-19 and continued climate impacts. The Republic of Marshall Islands Climate envoy Tina Stege urged larger countries such as COP26 host, the United Kingdom, to provide leadership at this critical juncture. Read more.
Commonwealth: Commonwealth countries are getting behind a push to tackle climate change through land use. Officials and experts from across the Commonwealth met for a high-level event organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in which they agreed to prioritise sustainable land management as they seek enhance climate action. Read more.
Climate Home: Japan is seeking to block the reform of the Energy Charter Treaty, while other signatories look to make it more climate-friendly. The pact contains provisions that deter states from grabbing private assets however, they have now been retooled by some states and energy companies to fight climate policies. Read more.
Climate Home: The country responsible for more than a quarter of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions is aiming for net zero by 2060. President Xi Jingping made the announcement to the UN general assembly, also stating the country intends to adopt “more vigorous policies and measures” to increase its climate goal and peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030. Read more.