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 will also focus on renewable energy, climate adaptation, climate financing, energy security, loss and damage due to tropical weather systems, as well as establishing a framework for the carbon credits’ sale.
Delegates attending COP26 in Scotland in December 2021 concluded on a global climate agreement to decrease greenhouse gas emissions as well as counter global warming by capping the temperature rise on the planet (Earth) to a 1.5°C threshold.
Global warming phenomenon has been linked to more aggressive and frequent hurricanes in the Caribbean, which have subjected the region to billions of dollars in damage and bound countries to burdensome loan commitments.
Between 16th and 17th 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 detailing the scope of the discussions and key messages and ideas that emerge. In addition to this, the region plans to launch an initiative at COP27 to advance advocacy efforts on behalf of Caribbean States.