CARICOM Leaders Identify Climate Change Priorities

26 February 2011: The 22nd Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in St. George's, Grenada, on 25-26 February 2011. The Communiqué issued at the conclusion of the meeting includes a section on climate change priorities for the region.

In the Communiqué, CARICOM leaders agree that CARICOM member States would make efforts to ensure adequate and balanced representation by competent CARICOM experts, through the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) and Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), on the newly formed governance bodies of the UNFCCC; and collectively sponsor and lobby for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) to be designated as an International Centre on Adaptation.

Heads of Government further call on the CCCCC to visit member States to assist in identifying and preparing appropriate projects, using established guidelines of the World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to make use of available and emerging resources for adaptation. In addition, CARICOM leaders request the CARICOM Secretariat to convene a meeting to develop an action plan for the region to follow-up on the outcomes of the Cancun Climate Change Conference, prepare for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17) scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011, and implement the regional climate change plan. [The Communiqué]