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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) will host the Caribbean Launch of The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this evening at 6pm (-4 GMT).
The public education event, which will be held at the Frank Collymore Hall, Central Bank of Barbados, is intended to raise the profile of Climate Change as a key development challenge in the Region, and the high degree of scientific certainty surrounding the predictions about our changing and variable climate.
The report offers some specific messages about the impacts of climate change on small island states – and some of its general findings on climate change adaptation and mitigation are of particular relevance to Small Island Developing States such as those in the Caribbean. The 120 minute public education launch event, which will be live streamed via http://www.caribbeanclimate.bz, the Centre’s YouTube Channel and tweeted using #CaribbeanClimate, will bring together a range of international and regional perspectives on the relevance of the findings for the region. The event will feature a keynote address by Dr the Honourable Denis Lowe, Minister of Environment and Drainage, Barbados, as well as various remarks, a panel discussion and an audience exchange (see agenda).
Confirmed guests include leading scientists, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, the Green Climate Fund Board, academia, media from across the region, the general public, among others.
This is a Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) supported event.
Dr Kenrick Leslie, CBE, Executive Director of the CARICOM Climate Change Centre opened the event at 6:20pm.
Special guest speakers and panellists at this evening’s event include: keynote speaker, The Hon. Dr. Denis Lowe; Minster of the Environment and Drainage, Barbados
Dr. Warren Smith; President, Caribbean Development Bank
Mr. Selwin Hart; Director, UN Secretary General’s Climate Change Support Team
Mr. Patrick McCaskie, SIDS Representative, Green Climate Fund Board
Dr. Leonard Nurse, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
Mr. Leon Charles, Climate Finance Adviser, Caribbean Development Bank
Ms. Pryiadarshni Rai, Disaster Management Officer, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
A fourth panellist will join virtually this evening. He is Professor Christopher Field, Co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).