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CCCCC to participate in the Placencia Ambition Forum on April 20 – 22

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre will participate in the Placencia Ambition Forum (PAF) to be held next week. The PAF is being organized by Belize in its capacity as the Chair of the Alliance of Small island States (AOSIS). It will assemble the major stakeholders working on an ambitious response to the climate change emergency and safeguarding the integrity of the Paris Agreement. The PAF was originally scheduled to be held in Placencia, Belize on 20 and 21 April, however, as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, it will now be a virtual event from 20 to 22 April. The opening Plenary Session on Monday will feature addresses by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez, the Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honourable Dean Barrow, the Hon Omar Figueroa, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Ambassador Patricia Espinosa, among others. This will be followed by two regional sessions, the first one Monday evening for the Caribbean and Pacific regions. The second will be held on Tuesday for the  Africa and Indian Ocean region. The two regional sessions will feature four simultaneous breakout groups where panelists and participants will discuss Energy, Transport, Adaptation and Resilience, and Finance. The Forum will conclude with a Plenary session where the Incoming COP 26 President, the Honourable Alok Sharma, UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will receive the outcomes of the regional sessions. Other high-level dignitaries will also address the plenary session. The objective of the Forum is for AOSIS Member States to showcase the initiatives they are taking to enhance and implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and spur others to emulate their leadership to ensure that the outcomes of COP 26 are ambitious. Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Jamaica are among the CARICOM Member presenting at the event. The CARICOM Secretariat and its Energy Unit, the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), and the University of the West Indies will join the Centre in participating in the Forum. For more information on the Placencia Ambition Forum, see https://www.aosis.org/about-placencia-ambition-forum/

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