Jamaica, Norway to enhance cooperation on climate changeMonday, May 10, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica and Norway will continue to partner extensively on issues of mutual interest, including climate change and adaptation, sustainable oceans, financing for development and COVID-19 response and recovery.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, and her counterpart in Norway, Ine Eriksen Søreide, affirmed their intention during the countries' 2nd Round of Bilateral Political Consultations, held virtually on May 4.
On oceans management, Johnson Smith and Søreide expressed satisfaction at Prime Minister Andrew Holness' membership and participation in the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, having been invited by Prime Minister Solberg.
Both ministers noted that this continues to provide opportunities for Jamaica to draw attention to the fragile and urgent state of oceans, on which we are extremely dependent. Johnson Smith also asserted Jamaica's' support for the aims of Norway's new Blue Justice Initiative, which seeks to address transnational crimes including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
On Climate and the Environment, Johnson Smith stated, “We welcome Norway's support and financing for Jamaica's National Adaption Plan and also the Nationally Determined Contribution Partnership (NDCP), which Jamaica co-chairs, along with the United Kingdom.”
The minister stressed that decisions of the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26) must result in greater access to climate finance for SIDS.
“Jamaica looks forward to continued collaboration bilaterally and in the various multilateral fora towards a shared and sustainable future,” she continued.
The ministers also shared perspectives on their country's COVID-19 responses and vaccination programmes.
Johnson Smith highlighted the “unquestionable inequity in the ability of developing countries, like Jamaica, to procure vaccines on a commercial basis”. She shared that Jamaica is “keen to explore opportunities to address this issue, including through any reallocation of supplies with partner countries”.
However, Johnson Smith lauded Norway's role in combating inequity, saying, “Norway's role as co-chair, together with South Africa, of the Accelerator Facilitation Council (ACT) signals your leadership in global health. We anticipate strong representation for equitable distribution of vaccines, tests and other tools essential to the pandemic response.”
The minister further expressed appreciation to Norway for its advocacy in multilateral fora on behalf of Small Island Development States (SIDS), which form the majority of membership of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and for its support of Jamaica's sustainable development agenda.
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