CARICOM chairman tells world leaders climate change conference must have legally binding outcome

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Barbados’ Prime Minister and Caribbean Commuinty (CARICOM) chairman Freundel Stuart.


PARIS, France, Tuesday December 1, 2015 – The outcome of the climate change conference now underway in Paris must be ambitious, legally binding and ensure global participation.

That was the message Barbados’ Prime Minister and Caribbean Commuinty (CARICOM) chairman Freundel Stuart delivered in a statement to leaders at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in the French capital yesterday.

Stuart said the conference must take into consideration the special circumstances and needs of those countries that are most vulnerable – Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and Least Developed and Landlocked States – and deliver agreed decisions on a number of elements.

He expressed concern that the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) which countries have sumitted – that is, the post-2020 climate actions they are committing to take – are not enough to realize the goal of limiting global temperature rises to 1.5o Celsius.

“This shortcoming challenges us to take a sober look at our current predicament and, in the coming days, to find the path to success for the planet Earth and for all of its peoples,” Stuart said.

He stressed that there must also be enhanced provisions for supporting the adaptation needs of vulnerable developing countries, including the setting up of adequate, predictable, new and additional finance, technology and capacity building support, and strengthening of institutional arrangements.

The CARICOM chairman said there must also be a commitment by developed countries “to take the lead in scaling-up the provision of adequate, predictable, new and additional financial resources, and opportunities for other parties willing to do so, to also contribute to scaling up climate finance”.

Stuart expressed the view that there must also be an explicit provision that Parties fulfill and continuously enhance their mitigation commitments over time; five-year mitigation commitment cycles with robust ex ante and ex post review and upward adjustment processes be introduced; and provisions for measuring, reporting and verification of performance on commitments be put in place.

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