The Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean are minute contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions, but are among the most vulnerable countries in the world to Climate Change. We are already experiencing its impacts. More frequent extreme weather events, such as the 2013 rain event in the Eastern Caribbean; the extreme droughts being experienced across the region, with severe consequences in places like Jamaica; the 2005 flooding in Guyana and Belize in 2010 are prime examples of the need for ambitious global action on climate adaptation and mitigation.
Inaction on Climate Change is simply too costly for our region. An economic analysis focused on just three areas – increased hurricane damages, loss of tourism revenue and infrastructure damages – shows it could cost the region US$10.7 Billion by 2025. That is more than the combined GDP of the nine countries that make up the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Cognizant of these challenges, our negotiators are actively engaged in the Climate Change negotiations underway at COP 20 in Lima, Peru. We are also using the forum to share some of the transformational actions taken across the region in response to Climate Change and Climate Variability. Join us today for a side event dubbed "A Partnership Success Story - Reflecting on a Decade of Excellence and Charting the Future". The event is being held in collaboration with the Italian Republic and will include panel discussions and the screening of a feature video (shared below) about the Centre's work.