Castries, Saint Lucia: Minister of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology, and Vocational Training, Shawn Edward, represents Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre at an ongoing Regional Heads of Government Meeting in the Bahamas to discuss the Caribbean’s position on Climate Change Mitigation ahead of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).
The agenda for this inaugural event would also focus on renewable energy, climate adaptation, climate financing, energy security, loss and damage because of the tropical weather systems, and it will establish the entire framework for the sale of carbon credits.
Delegates who are attending COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, in December 2021 have also signed off on a global climate agreement with an aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat the effects of global warming by controlling the rise in temperature on Earth to a threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Global warming is a phenomenon that has been linked to more frequent and aggressive hurricanes in the Caribbean, and it will be subjected the region to billions of dollars in damage and bound countries to burdensome loan commitments.
Between the 16th – 17th of August, Saint Lucia and other Caribbean territories facing this same threat level will have the opportunity to consider recommendations and discuss options.
At the end of the meeting, a Chair’s Summary will be made available in which the detail of the scope of the discussions as well as key messages and ideas will have emerged. In addition to that, the region plans to launch an initiative at COP27 to advance advocacy efforts on behalf of Caribbean States.