Jamaica readies for COP 25


Jamaica readies for COP 25

Friday, October 25, 2019

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JAMAICA has started preparations to participate in the 25th session of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that will be held in Santiago, Chile in December.

A pre-COP consultation was held on Wednesday at the AC Hotel by Marriott in Kingston, where several stakeholders discussed some of the actions that are taking place in the country, and the Caribbean region, in preparation for negotiations in the wider international arena.

The consultation provided local and regional stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss and agree on the kinds of actions that are needed from developing countries on climate change issues that are critical to Jamaica and other small island developing states.

“This is a big deal. Whether in track and field, in music or in climate change negotiations, Jamaica has made sure that its voice is heard around the world,” said Daryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the Ministry Economic Growth and Job Creation.

“We are more than committed to continuing this tradition of excellence in leadership because despite our best efforts, the effects of climate change rages on more fiercely than it did 25 years ago,” added Vaz.

The pre-COP 25 consultation was organised by the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, and was held under the theme 'Climate Action: the 2020 Agenda'.

In opening the discussion, Vaz argued that given the weather events of this year, the lesson being learnt is that climate change is no respecter of time or place.

“If anything, the effects are getting worse with each passing day and year. Bearing this in mind, action is needed all the time and all year round,” said Vaz.

He added that at COP 25, countries are expected to decide on how to move the global climate change agenda forward.

“There will be many outcomes that we need to pay careful attention to. Once again, Jamaica has every intention of being at the table and being engaged in the process to ensure that our needs and vulnerabilities remain at the fore in all the decisions that are made,” declared Vaz.

The development of Jamaica's first country programme for engagement with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) was also formally launched by Vaz during the discussions.

It is anticipated that the country programme mechanism will help to develop sound and targeted project proposals to access funding.

“The preparation of the country programme, and other very important activities have been made possible through readiness grants from the GCF. At present, we are implementing three readiness grants with an approved amount of US$1.4 million. Jamaica is also working towards having national entities directly access GCF resources,” declared Vaz.

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