Those who have contributed least to the climate change problem are facing its most severe impacts: CARICOMListen /
NAR: Climate change is the result of the actions of human beings and what we are witnessing with respect to the changes in the climate system is unprecedented in human history. That's the assessment of the Inter-governmental Panel n Climate Change (IPCC).
And according to the Deputy Permanent Representative of Barbados Ambassador Juliette Riley, as the report states, unless substantial and sustained action is taken immediately, the consequences for our world will be catastrophic. She lamented that indeed, the painful irony is that those of us who have contributed least to the climate change problem are facing its most severe impacts.
” CARICOM calls on Parties to the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Warsaw to undertake the work necessary to ensure that the world is on track in 2020 to meet the below 2 degrees global goal for temperature increase. In this regard, CARICOM believes Warsaw must achieve the following: The establishment of an international mechanism to address loss and damage from climate change impacts;
Clarity from developed countries on climate finance pathways to ensure that finance meets the $100 billion by 2020 target; and in this regard a speedy operationalization of the Green Climate Fund; Meaningful progress towards closing the pre-2020 mitigation ambition gap to minimize and avoid the potentially catastrophic impact of climate change; Move to a more focused mode of work toward the 2015 agreement under Workstream 1 of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform;
Make concrete progress on the Review of the Long-term global temperature goal.”
NAR: Ambassador Riley stressed that CARICOM believes the Samoa Conference in 2014 will present a pivotal moment for the integration of SIDS sustainable development aspirations into the broader global development agenda.
” It will also be an invaluable opportunity for the international community to enhance its commitment to the pursuit of a more integrated approach to the creation of enabling environments in support of the sustainable development of SIDS. We anticipate an outcome that reinvigorates the commitment of the international community to a global partnership that enables SIDS to eradicate poverty, build resilience and improve their quality of life.”
NAR: Deputy Permanent Representative Juliette Riley noted that CARICOM welcomes the designation of 2014 as the international year of Small Island Developing States as a means of mobilising support for the Conference and renewed the region's pledge to remain engaged in that process. This is Donn Bobb reporting.