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Regional Meteorologists Meet in Belize

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre is organizing a Regional Workshop of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) at the Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City from 10 to 12 July 2019. Representatives of the national Meteorological Services of the Caribbean and Central America will discuss the status of the land and ocean-based weather observing systems in the region, identify gaps in the networks, address issues of sustainability and maintenance, and identify potential sources of funding to address any weaknesses.

The GCOS Secretariat is housed in the Headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Members of the Secretariat will also be in attendance at the workshop.

The GCOS Secretariat reports annually to the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the status of the global climate observing system. The outcome of this regional workshop will feature prominently in their report this year at COP25 in December in Santiago de Chile.

CARICOM Climate Change Experts Meet in Belize

Climate change experts from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are meeting in Belize at the Belize Biltmore Plaza between Monday and Tuesday, July 8 and 9, 2019 to review the draft Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

The workshop is being organised by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in association with Climate Analytics and is being implemented through the IMPACT project which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

The objective of the workshop is to prepare CARICOM officials for the IPCC Plenary Meeting in September 2019 which will adopt the Summary for Policy Makers and the underlying report. Chapters in the report addressing sea level rise and the implications for low lying coastal communities and marine ecosystems will be especially important for the Caribbean. The report will provide inputs to the next round of climate change negotiations at COP 25 in Santiago de Chile in December 2019.

The IPCC is the intergovernmental body of the United Nations charged with providing objective scientific information on climate change, its impacts and possible response actions. It produces an authoritative assessment on climate change every seven years in addition to special reports. Its last Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius produced last year is now the principal scientific document influencing the international response to climate change.

UN Opens Applications for Youth Climate Summit in New York, Announces “Green Tickets” to Recognize Young People Driving Climate Action

New York, 1 July — Starting today, young people from around the world are formally invited to apply to participate in the United Nations Youth Climate Summit to take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 21 September.

To recognize the vital role of young people in driving climate action, the UN today announced that it will offer over 100 “Green Tickets” – funded opportunities for young people, in particular from the least developed countries, to participate in the Youth Climate Summit. The Green Ticket will include travel to and from New York – which will be carbon neutral.

The Youth Climate Summit will bring together young innovators, entrepreneurs, change-makers and activists to showcase their solutions, exchange ideas and grow networks, and take their place on the global stage with decision-makers across governments, business and civil society, in line with the UN Youth Strategy: Youth 2030 launched by the Secretary-General last year.

Young people around the world will also be able to participate in Youth Summit activities from their own communities, through a variety of virtual and digital engagement opportunities, and continue to play their part in driving global climate action.

Applications for the Youth Climate Summit are being accepted from today until 19 July, and all applicants will be considered for a Green Ticket. Youth between 18 and 29 can apply through the Youth Climate Summit website www.un.org/en/climatechange/youth-summit.shtml, which also includes information on participation in the Summit for youth under 18, recognizing the powerful role younger people are playing in countries around the world.

“It is inspiring to see the leadership of young people in driving climate actions and solutions,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammad, announcing the Green Tickets and general applications today.

“The Youth Climate Summit is about both recognizing and empowering our youth, and I urge young people from all countries who have a passion for finding climate solutions to apply. It will be an incredible experience, and we need all the talents of our youth on board to have the impact we urgently need.”

The Deputy Secretary-General also invited members of the business community and any others interested in supporting the Green Ticket initiative to contact youthenvoy@un.org.

Successful Youth Climate Summit applicants, including recipients of Green Tickets, will be selected on the basis of merit – including a demonstrated commitment to climate action and problem-solving – as well as considerations of need. The allocation of Green Tickets will ensure that youth from all regions of the world have an equitable and realistic chance to participate in the Youth Climate Summit.

Applications will be assessed by a panel led by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.  The panel will include experts from within the UN and from civil society with experience across the Sustainable Development Goals, reflecting the interdependence of climate action and sustainable development.

The Youth Climate Summit precedes the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, which will take place at UN Headquarters on 23 September, and comes just a day after the Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike on 20 September, where an unprecedented mobilization of young people from the global south and north is expected to declare the global climate emergency.

The Secretary-General has called upon all leaders to come to the Climate Action Summit with bold actions and a major increase in climate ambition, backed up by concrete plans.

The Green Tickets announcements was made in Abu Dhabi today, where over 1,700 people from more than 160 countries, including youth delegates, gathered for a key preparatory meeting in the build-up to the Climate Action Summit. During the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi meeting the Secretary-General held a live-streamed intergenerational dialogue with youth delegates.

“Having an opportunity to participate has shown me that there are other young people all around the world who share the same passion for climate justice and climate action, and we need action urgently,” said Amelia Radinivugalei, a youth delegate from Fiji participating in the Abu Dhabi meeting.

“Youth are showing us the way on climate action,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Luis Alfonso de Alba. “This week in Abu Dhabi we focused not only on the energy transition, but on the role of youth in climate action. You could say renewable energy is powering both.”

For further information, visit the website at www.un.org/en/climatechange/youth-summit.shtml

Follow @ladealba on Twitter for the latest news on the Climate Action Summit.

For media inquiries, please contact:

  • Dan Shepard, UN Department of Global Communications, 1 646-675-3286, shepard@un.org.
  • Yassamin Ansari, Climate Action Summit Team, ansariy@un.org

Consultancy to Produce Training Videos for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre PAE Toolbox

The Caribbean Committee Climate Change Centre is seeking the services of a Consulting Firm to Produce Training Videos for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre PAE Toolbox.

Peruse the following official documents:

Interested Firms are invited to submit their Expression of Interest no later than Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Consultancy to Produce a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and one Advertorial for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre PAE Toolbox

The Caribbean Committee Climate Change Centre is seeking the services of an Individual Consultant to Produce a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and one Advertorial for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre PAE Toolbox.

Peruse the following official documents:

Interested Individual Consultants are invited to submit their Expression of Interest no later than Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer of the 5Cs, represented AOSIS as lead negotiator in reaffirming commitment to bold and urgent global climate action based on the best available science in the BBC’s ‘Triple Whammy’ threatens UN Action on Climate Change

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A “triple whammy” of events threatens to hamper efforts to tackle climate change say UN delegates.

At a meeting in Bonn, Saudi Arabia has continued to object to a key IPCC scientific report that urges drastic cuts in carbon emissions.

Added to that, the EU has so far failed to agree to a long term net zero emissions target.

Thirdly, a draft text from the G20 summit in Japan later this week waters down commitments to tackle warming.

One attendee in Bonn said that, taken together, the moves represented a fierce backlash from countries with strong fossil fuel interests.

There was controversy last December at the Katowice COP24 meeting in Poland, when Saudi Arabia, the US, Kuwait and Russia objected to moves to welcome the findings of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C.

That study, regarded as a landmark, had two clear messages.

It showed that there were huge benefits in keeping temperature rises this century to 1.5C compared to a world that warmed 2C or more.

It also said that keeping the world below 1.5C was still possible, if drastic cuts in emissions were initiated by 2030.

To the frustration of a huge majority of countries, the objections of the four major fossil fuel producers, meant that the scientific report was not formally recognised in the negotiations.

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Image captionDuring intense discussions about the IPCC, some delegates sat on the floor

The battle over the 1.5C report has carried over from Katowice to Bonn. Normally, this mid-year meeting is concerned with technical questions but this time the issue of the IPCC has re-emerged as a huge fault line between nations.

The Saudis are keen to highlight what are termed “knowledge gaps” in the IPCC report, that they believe hamper its ability to inform decision making at national or international level.

“We know that there are some hardliners that would try to downplay the seriousness and the actions that are required, that is their point of view,” said Carlos Fuller from Belize, the lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States.

“They recognise that they need to undertake major changes that they are not happy about.”

Many environmental campaigners see the Saudi pressure on the IPCC as part of campaign to discredit the science.

“The report shows the importance of striving towards 1.5C, that it is still achievable, and there is an incredible urgency to act vigorously and quickly,” said Dr Jeni Miller from the Global Climate and Health Alliance.

“This report was requested by the UN, by these countries themselves, so to not accept the findings of the report is a rejection of science, and if you are rejecting the science there is not a way forward to address this problem.”

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Image captionClimate protestors have sought to bring their message to major events including a speech at the Mansion House by Chancellor Philip Hammond

While delegates seek to find a way forward on the science, there is growing concern about the European Union’s inability to reach consensus on cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

Despite the late support of Germany in favour of the idea, four countries including Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Estonia, refused to support the plan last week.

This has caused some dismay among officials at the UN.

The Secretary General, António Guterres, has called a special summit on climate change to be held in New York in September with the express purpose of getting countries to increase their existing targets.

The EU’s proposed net zero goal was key to making this a success.

Mr Guterres has expressed his “personal concern” about the setback. Campaigners are also worried.

“The EU are very aware of the Secretary General’s summit, they are aware they are calling for a revision of targets, it would be embarrassing for the EU to go with what they just have now,” said Ulriikka Aarnio, from the Climate Action Network.

“Somebody said they would be going from leader to loser if that was the case.”

Contributing to the downbeat mood in Bonn is the forthcoming G20 meeting of global leaders in Osaka, Japan.

A draft of the closing communiqué mentions climate change as just one issue among many and omits to use the phrases “global warming” and “decarbonisation”.

Critics believe that Japan is trying hard to win favour with the US on trade issues by downplaying the scale of the climate question and possible solutions to it.

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Image captionJapan is said to be keen to curry favour with the US by downplaying climate issues at the upcoming G20 in Osaka

“The story, based on a draft of the communiqué, shows Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a weak host and his G20 climate promises are full of hot air, undermining his previous claims that he seeks to save the planet.” said Kimiko Hirata, director of the Kiko Network Japan, a non-governmental organisation.

“Japan, alongside China, is the biggest financier of coal overseas in the world and the government continues to build new coal plants domestically despite our huge solar and wind power potential.”

As well as Japan, other leading economies are continuing to support coal based power generation. A study released by the Overseas Development Institutesays that G20 nations have almost tripled the subsidies given to coal fired plants in recent years, despite the growing need to cut emissions.

CREDIT: BBC News

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Project Ideas for Private Sector to Support Low-Carbon and Climate Resilient Development in Jamaica and Other CARICOM States

The Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (CCD-MEGJC), Jamaica invites Caribbean private sector entities with a strong business case for climate investment (existing and proposed) to submit their ‘project ideas’ to CCD-MEGJC which will be developed to access Green Climate Fund resources, specifically the GCF Private Sector Facility. These ‘project ideas’ must support their respective country’s climate change priorities and strategic development plans and align with the GCF’s investment criteria and the GCF Private Sector Facility (PSF) requirements.

Through this CPI, CCD-MEGJC will select at least ten (10) project ideas using the established Eligibility Criteria. The selected private sector entities will then be invited to participate in a training workshop to be held in Jamaica, aided by a project development consultant to transform these project ideas into concept notes that can be considered by the GCF for financial assistance. These Concept Notes will be submitted in partnership with an Accredited Entity, National Designated Authority (NDA) or focal point to the GCF.

Deadline for submission has been extended to: July 6, 2019

High-Level Discussion on Renewable Energy and Climate Change to Get Underway in Abu Dhabi as IRENA Members Gather for 17th Council

Agency members to discuss importance of renewable energy as the solution for countries in taking climate action

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 24 June 2019 — More than 360 government representatives from 116 countries will gather in Abu Dhabi tomorrow to attend the Seventeenth Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Luxembourg will Chair the Agency’s two-day high-level meeting that takes place days ahead of the Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting, one of the central global preparatory meetings for the United Nations Climate Action Summit taking place in New York in September.

“Electrification fueled by Renewables and energy efficiency is the only ready and real instrument we have to be in line with the Paris Agreement goals.” said IRENA Director-General, Francesco La Camera. “Thanks to sharply falling technology costs and enabling policies, Renewable energy is the backbone of energy decarbonisation and a central climate action tool. Identifying practical pathways to increase the speed of deployment will be at the heart of the discussions taking place in Abu Dhabi in the coming days.”

During the Council, the Agency will present key findings from its most recent work on power generation costs and outline a global energy transformation pathway that supports the achievement of the Paris Agreement. The meeting will also host discussions around the importance of long-term energy planning, the socio-economic benefits of the energy transformation and how decentralised renewable energy solutions support energy access and sustainable development.

“Decisions taken today on renewable energy deployment affect our ability to address global challenges for generations to come,” said Mr. Guy Lentz, Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the European Union and Chair of the Council meeting. “Luxembourg and the European Union at large, are taking steps to lead the world in a transition towards a sustainable energy future and carbon neutrality by 2050.

“At international gatherings like the IRENA Council, we seek opportunities to engage and support other countries in our shared vision of a climate-safe and socio-economically just world,” continued Mr. Lentz. “We are pleased to be part of IRENA’s unique efforts at the centre of international cooperation for greater renewable energy deployment.”

During the meeting, the Director-General will present a progress report, highlighting the efforts, achievements and support IRENA has given its Members so far this year. The Agency’s 21 elected Council members will also discuss the content and focus of the Agency’s future work as part of IRENA’s Work Programme and Budget for 2020-2021.

The 17th Council will also include the announcement of a new partnership between the Agency and a UAE Ministry and IRENA’s fifth Policy Day, which this year will focus on policy frameworks necessary to attract and secure renewable energy investment in a time of transition.

Composed of 21 IRENA Members, the Council meets twice annually to facilitate cooperation among Members, oversee implementation of the IRENA work programme and complete substantive preparations for the Agency’s annual Assembly.

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About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

IRENA is the global intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. With 160 Members (159 States and the European Union) and 23 additional countries in the accession process and actively engaged, IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Contact information:

IRENA: Saba Ahmad Al Delfi, Acting, Chief Communications Officer, saldelfi@irena.org;  +971 2 417 9009

VACANCY NOTICE: Short Term Consultants – National Coordinators Re: Strengthening Capacities of Early Warning and Response for Tsunamis and Other Coastal Hazards in the Caribbean Project

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO is seeking to hire Individual Consultants to provide national coordination services and support to its Caribbean Tsunami information Centre (CTIC) in
each of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; St Vincent and the Grenadines; and Trinidad and Tobago The Individual Consultants will have responsibility for coordinating the implementation of activities in their respective countries for the “Strengthening Capacities of Early Warning and Response for Tsunamis and Other Coastal Hazards in the Caribbean” project which is being funded by a grant from the European Commission European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).
UNESCO/IOC and its CTIC will provide oversight of the Individual Consultants, who must be available on a part time basis (50%) for the entire duration of the assignment and will be home-based.

Applications must be emailed to: a.brome@unesco.org, copied to b.aliaga@unesco.org by 17 June 2019 (Midnight, Paris time).Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Source: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO

CONSULTANCY NOTICE: GENDER ANALYSIS CONSULTANT

In the development of chemicals management strategies and in the execution of related projects, the importance of gender dimensions is often not considered. In this regard, the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer in the Caribbean (BCRC-Caribbean), in its role as project executing agency, is seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced consultant(s) to provide a gender analysis of the project’s execution and outcomes under the project, “Development of Minamata Initial Assessments in the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)”.

Deadline for proposal submission: 6:00pm (Trinidad and Tobago, GMT -4) on July 8, 2019

Who can apply: Open to Caribbean and International bidders.

Terms of Reference: Gender Analysis Consultant

Source:  Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer in the Caribbean (BCRC-Caribbean) 
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