CARICOM engages the Head of the Green Climate Fund

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(l-r) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund Howard Bansey, and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and CARICOM Lead Prime Ministerial Spokesman on Sustainable Development Hon Allen Chastanet

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia, the Lead Prime Ministerial Spokesman on Sustainable Development in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday met with the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund Mr. Howard Bamsey on the margins of the COP 23 in Bonn, Germany.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change.

The Fund pays particular attention to the needs of societies that are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, in particular Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund Mr Howard Bamsey (l) in discussion with Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Hon Allen Chastanet, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Assistant Secretary-General CARICOM Secretariat Dr Douglas Slater

Several CARICOM Member States were this year severely affected by two mega hurricanes – Irma and Maria – and the CARICOM Secretary-General has noted that their increased intensity and frequency, fueled by climate change, form the  new reality for the foreseeable future.

CARICOM, with support from the United Nations Development Programme, will hold a Pledging Conference on 21 November 2017 to moblise support for the rebuilding effort in the affected countries and to strengthen resilience generally across the CARICOM Region.

CARICOM eyes key outcomes from UN climate change talks

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Mitigating climate risks and building resilience against extreme weather events underpin key areas of focus for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during the ongoing United Nations (UN) climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

The Twenty Third Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23) is being held from 6-17 November under the presidency of Fiji.

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Briefing: (l-r) Hon. Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Lead CARICOM Head on Sustainable Development; CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Keith Mitchell and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

This year’s climate talks mark the first time a member of the Alliance for Small Island States (AOSIS) has held the Presidency. It presents an important opportunity for CARICOM and the wider Small Island Developing States (SIDs) to influence the global climate change agenda. (more…)