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Guyana emerging as a ‘green state’

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President David Granger of Guyana addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s 71st session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

 

Underscoring the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the president of Guyana highlighted that his country will continue to pursue a ‘green’ economy and will be a reliable and cooperative partner in international efforts to protect the earth’s environment.

“[Guyana] realizes that the establishment of a ‘green state’ is consistent with building climate resilience while mitigating the effects of climate change,” President David Granger said in his address on Tuesday morning.

“Guyana promises to work towards the [2030] Agenda’s goals (SDGs), particularly, by contributing to limiting increases in global temperatures; and to work towards a ‘green path’ of development that is in accord with the [Paris] Agreement’s nationally-determined commitments,” he added.

Making specific reference to the importance of Goal 13 that calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impact as well as the Paris Agreement’s obligation to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius, the president informed the General Assembly that Guyana is developing a comprehensive emissions reduction programme as part of its responsibility to contribute to global solutions to the threat of climate change.

“However,” he stated, “all our efforts – nationally, regionally and globally – the advancement of development in an environment of peace and stability are being challenged by the territorial ambitions of our neighbour, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” referring to an “external assault on Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The president also hailed the efforts of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his leadership of the organization and, especially, for his commitment to sustainable development that was illustrated in the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, as well as the Paris Agreement.

In conclusion, he stressed the importance of a collective commitment by the international community to collaborate with small states, including Guyana, to pursue a low-carbon, low-emission path to sustainable development and to constraining the rise in global temperature.

Credit: Caribbean News Now!

Caribbean countries to benefit from new global climate fund

Baron Patricia Scotland (Photo: CMC)

Six Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are seeking assistance for funding of climate related projects from the recently launched Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub.

The agreement for the new Commonwealth initiative was signed by Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Prime Minister of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth.

The first countries to formally request assistance from the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Solomon Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

Jamaica’s Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation said it “looked forward” to receiving support through the hub.

“The placement of a climate finance adviser in our ministry is a priority and a critical step in building our capacity and supporting efforts to improve access and use of available climate finance,” the ministry said in a statement.

The hub, which is being hosted by the Mauritius government, is intended to assist governments deal with the ravaging effects of climate change by accessing funding from a global fund target of $100 billion a year by 2020.

Endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government, the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub, will place national climate finance advisers for two years at a time in recipient countries, who will help host ministries to identify and apply for funding streams.

The innovative approach will build on-the-ground capacity to access multilateral funds such as the Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund and Climate Investment Funds, as well as private sector finance.

The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub is supported with a $1 million grant (AUS) by the Australian government and a £1 million grant (GBP) from the Commonwealth Secretariat, plus in-kind support from the Government of Mauritius.

Credit: Jamaica Observer

Water Security in the Caribbean

Water security challenges in the Caribbean are unique to each country, however, common challenges have recently been identified. In the video above, Keith Nichols, the Project Development Specialist at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) speaks of the need for a strategic approach to develop the water sector, including the  challenges facing the region. … Continue reading

CDEMA and IDEA International Awarded Silver Medal for Collaborative Project in Management for Development Results

 The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is the recipient of a Silver Medal award which is shared with the Institute for Development in Economics and Administration (IDEA International). The award was sponsored by the International Development Bank (IDB) and presented during the IX International Seminar of the Sub-National Governments Network (CoPLAC) held in Guadalajara, … Continue reading

Caribbean leaders to convene in Saint Lucia for groundbreaking conservation meetings

Next week, Caribbean leaders from up to 15 nations, including Ministers and other government officials, private sector and civil society, will convene in Saint Lucia for a five-day event to advance regional marine conservation goals, sustainable finance strategies and cooperation in the Caribbean. The Fourth Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) Annual Meeting and the First Meeting … Continue reading

Belize to Make its Energy Sector More Climate Resilient

  Belize will strengthen the climate resilience of its energy sector as a result of a US$8 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved today by the World Bank Board of Directors. “A major concern we often grapple with is extreme weather,” said Frank Mena, Belize’s Minister of State for Finance, Public Service, … Continue reading

Climate Change Division Gets Green Light For GCF Capacity Support

Jamaica has received from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for capacity-building support to the tune of US$300,000 for the Climate Change Division, acting as national designed authority (NDA) with the fund. The new boss at the division, Una May Gordon, made the revelation in an interview with The Gleaner earlier this week. “We are going … Continue reading

Caribbean countries meet in Grenada ahead of COP22 in Morocco

The Jonathan Guy-Gladding painting titled 1.5 to Stay Alive, which is counted among the artistic outputs from the Caribbean’s 1.5 to Stay Alive campaign.

The Jonathan Guy-Gladding painting titled 1.5 to Stay Alive, which is counted among the artistic outputs from the Caribbean’s 1.5 to Stay Alive campaign.

Grenada is hosting the CARICOM Climate Change Negotiators and Ministerial preparatory meeting in preparation for the Conference of Parties (COP) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be held in Morocco this year.

The three-day conference, which began on Monday, is being attended by representatives from 12 countries as well as the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat.

The objectives of the preparatory meeting are to provide ministers and negotiators with a forum to prepare for COP 22 to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco from the 7th to 18th November 2016 and to develop the regional positions for the Caribbean states.

A statement issued here said that the meeting provided the ministers with a briefing on the state of negotiations and the proposed CARICOM positions on those agenda items that are important for the region.

“There was opportunities to identify and build the capacity of CARICOM lead negotiators on the key agenda items in order to strengthen national and regional implementation capacity,” it added.

Minister of State for the Environment Simon Stiell told delegates, “For us in small island developing states, climate change requires a redirection of development towards resilience and sustainability in the face of increasing temperatures, more extreme meteorological events, sea level rise, biodiversity loss and the progressive disappearance of critical potable water resources”

He said to become agents of sustainable development, communities must have the organizational, technical and other capacities to develop or strengthen low emission and climate resilient livelihoods.

“They must have the financing, partnerships and institutional capacities to support the transition to low emission, climate resilient livelihoods and landscapes.”

The statement said that at the conclusion of the three day meeting the expectation is that the region will be strengthened in its resolve to attain sufficient means of implementation to address sustainable development goals for small island developing states.

Credit: Real Fm Grenada

Deadline for CCIC Accelerator Programme is Sept. 9

Application for the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center’s (CCIC) Accelerator Programme will close on September 9. The six-month programme, which offers mentorship, guidance as well as resources to entrepreneurs in the field of ‘clean energy’, seeks to promote climate change mitigation. Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Dr. Cliff Riley, speaking at a JIS … Continue reading

Civil society advocates for better environmental standards in the Eastern Caribbean

Karetta Crooks Charles of the Saint Lucia National Trust & Elected Alternate Representative of the Public to the LAC P10 process gives an overview of the various initiatives by Civil Society in the LAC region to promote Principle 10.

Karetta Crooks Charles of the Saint Lucia National Trust & Elected Alternate Representative of the Public to the LAC P10 process gives an overview of the various initiatives by Civil Society in the LAC region to promote Principle 10.

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia and the Commonwealth of Dominica are the only two Eastern Caribbean countries that have not yet signed on to the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Declaration on Principle 10.

This declaration, which has a total of 22 LAC signatory countries (4 of which are from the Eastern Caribbean), is seeking to improve rights of access to information, encourage public participation and ensure access to justice in environmental matters.

As such, it was timely for the Communications & Advocacy Officer at the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) and Elected Representative of the Public on this process, Karetta Crooks Charles, to issue a call for greater involvement of Caribbean countries in the LAC Principle 10 process at a recent meeting of Technical Officers responsible for the Environment in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The meeting was held at the OECS Secretariat in Saint Lucia on August 24, 2016.

In her presentation, Mrs. Crooks Charles provided an overview of the LAC Principle 10 process and explained the need for increased involvement of Caribbean countries in shaping this regional agreement geared at setting minimum standards for environmental governance in the region.

She said, “It is encouraging to see yet another Caribbean country sign on to the process. St. Kitts & Nevis made the bold move at the last negotiation which was held a few weeks ago and as such all non-signatory countries are encouraged to follow suit and join at the next meeting scheduled for November 2016.”

Mrs. Crooks Charles also encouraged signatory countries to increase activities to raise awareness of this process and to show the linkages between Principle 10 and environmental issues such as climate change, which require the active engagement of governments and citizens in tackling this phenomenon.

Those in attendance at the time of the LAC Principle 10 presentation were the Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules, other OECS staff, Mr. Crispin d’ Auvergne – Chief Sustainable Development and Environment Officer in the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender and Sustainable Development of Saint Lucia and other officers from that department, while Technical Environmental Officers from St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines joined the meeting virtually. Thereafter, the Technical Officers had a closed session to discuss preparations for the 22nd session of the Conference for the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Climate Change Conference slated for November in Morocco.

The Trust thanks the OECS for this opportunity and encourages other regional and local agencies to join us as we advocate for the active involvement of citizens in the environmental decision making process and for necessary mechanisms to be established and effectively enforced so that present and future generations benefit from our natural resources and not just a selected few.

What is the Declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean on Principle 10?

It is a political commitment made by several governments of the region to promote a change in the way decisions are made and to begin negotiating a Regional Agreement that will bring standards in access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters in their countries. This commitment seeks to ensure that all people in Latin America and the Caribbean participate in environmental decisions that affect them directly.

This Regional Agreement will help citizens to obtain information, participate in decision-making, prevent the development of projects that could damage their lives and livelihoods, and prevent the proliferation of social and environmental conflicts. Any country in Latin America and the Caribbean can join the negotiation process for the Regional Agreement by signing the Declaration, simply contact the Technical Secretariat for this process, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean at principio10.lac@cepal.org.

For more information, please contact:

Danielle Andrade
Elected Representative of the Public (Jamaica)
dandrade.law@gmail.com

Karetta Crooks Charles
Alternate Elected Representative of the Public (St. Lucia) & Journalist (Caribbean)
karetta.charles@gmail.com

Website: http://www.lacp10.org
Facebook: LAC P10 Regional Public Mechanism – ALC P10 Mecanismo Público Regional
Twitter: @LacP10info

Credit: St. Lucia News Online

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Warmer weather exacerbates the risks of strokes, heart attacks, asthma attacks, and the spread of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases such as Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya. Zika is also causing serious risks to pregnant mothers and the elderly. 
Climate change and extreme weather events are threatening our health today, and if left unaddressed, will lead to increases in disease, injury and death. Immediate action can and must be taken to minimize the adverse health impacts of climate change and equip public health workers with the tools to protect our communities from negative health outcomes. 
You can make a contribution through your own individual action. So remove containers, tires or any junk from your yard that can collect stagnant water. Take care of your personal health and those of your elders by staying hydrated particularly on hot days. 
#CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon #5CsDailyTips #SustainableGardening Whenever you are chopping vegetables for a meal, you can save the excess bits you’ve cut off of the vegetables that are well-suited for making soup stock such as onion skins, stems of leafy greens, carrot ends, etc. Store all of these in a  bag in your freezer, and when you’ve gotten a good stash saved up, make a batch of fresh vegetable stock. Thereafter, drain the stock to relegate the veggie bits to a compost pile.  #CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon 5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Lunch Smartly

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Bringing lunch to work in reusable containers is likely the greenest (and healthiest) way to eat at work.
Getting delivery and takeout almost inevitably ends with a miniature mountain of packaging waste. But if you do order delivery, join coworkers in placing a large order (more efficient than many separate ones).
Bring in a reusable plate, utensils, and napkins.
If you do go out for lunch, try biking or walking instead of driving.
#CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon Go Green at Work #5csdailytips  The greenest paper is no paper at all, so keep things digital and dematerialized whenever possible. The more you do online, the less you need paper.
Keep files on computers instead of in file cabinets (this also makes it easier to make offsite backup copies or take them with you when you move to a new office).
Review documents onscreen rather than printing them out.
Send emails instead of paper letters.
New software like Greenprint helps eliminate blank pages from documents before printing and can also convert to PDF for paperless document sharing.
#CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon Walk or cycle to work.
Take public transportation and buy bulk passes to save money.
If you must drive, carpool or car share.
Choose hybrid rentals and taxis.
Even at the 5Cs a member of the Communications Unit has decided to take a bicycle ride. So why don’t you do the same?#CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon #5csdailytips The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) provides climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States through the CARICOM Secretariat. The staff and management of the CCCCC wishes you a happy CARICOM Day. CARICOM Day is observed annually on 4 July, the anniversary of the signing, by the founding Member States, of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas.
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