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Major regional climate change meeting to take place in St Lucia this week

Regional framework

The Regional Coordinating Committee on Climate Change (RCCCC), under the chairmanship of Saint Lucia’s minister for public service, sustainable development, energy, science and technology, Dr James Fletcher, will meet in Saint Lucia on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to review the progress made in the implementation of the region’s climate change plan and to agree on the way forward after the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by a record 175 countries at UN Headquarters in New York last week Friday, Earth Day 2016.

The ‘Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to a Changing Climate’ was approved by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government in July 2009, and three years later, in 2012, CARICOM heads of government approved an implementation plan (IP) for the regional framework, which defines the regional strategy for coping with climate change and developing greater resilience to the impacts of climate change over the period 2011-2021.

The Regional Framework and the Implementation Plan were prepared by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), which is headquartered in Belize. The 5Cs serves as the secretariat for the Regional Coordinating Committee and provides technical support for its work.

The Regional Coordinating Committee on Climate Change (RCCCC) is chaired by Fletcher and comprises representatives from a wide range of regional organisations.

Credit: Caribbean News Now!

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