Patricia Scotland– Secretary General of the Commonwealth, delivered the keynote address at UN Climate Change’s CRFS Alliance, “Climate Resilience in Food System Why Act Now”, at COP27.
She added that the use of data, information sharing and learning about what works and what doesn’t is crucial. Nature-based solutions, such as the Commonwealth Living Lands Charter, will help develop Climate Resilience.
CSG Patricia Scotland asserted that the Living Lands Charter, along with other Commonwealth initiatives like Blue Charter and Commonwealth CFAH, supports member countries to promote and implement sustainable development in all areas, including climate-resilient food systems, especially in SIDS and LDCS.
She expressed pride in launching the Commonwealth’s best practice guide on gender integration in NDCs today at COP27. The Commonwealth is committed to supporting member countries to deliver ambitious climate action that is responsive to the needs of women and youth.
“Tackling the impacts of a changing climate system is both complex and challenging. By placing inclusion at the forefront of climate action, we can move closer to a more climate-resilient and equitable society for all, “said the CSG.
The Pacific Islands Forum panel discussion on “Livelihoods Threatened by Sea Level Rise” with the Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Henry Puna, is vital conversation.
She spoke on The Commonwealth’s work to support Pacific and all members with programmes like Common Sensing, Blue Charter and Living Lands to fight climate change.
Glad to speak at the High-Level Conversation on Small Business between International Trade Centre and The Commonwealth and meet with ITC Executive Director, Pamela Coke-Hamilton.
They focused on the importance of our two organisations working together closely to promote inclusive trade, SMEs and women’s empowerment in trade.
This morning she visited the beautiful Rwanda pavilion at COP27 and was warmly welcomed by the Minister of Environment of Rwanda, Dr Jeanne D’Arc Mujawamariya.
The Minister and CSG Scotland discussed the successes of CHOGM 2022 and how Rwanda is promoting sustainable development and ensuring youth and women are involved.
The Minister and she both agreed that climate finance is critical to delivering the Paris Agreement, and they are determined to do all they can to ensure all parties honour their promises and deliver the necessary finance.