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COP24: Improving Climate Resilience - GGGI and OECS To Promote Green Growth

COP24: Improving Climate Resilience - GGGI and OECS To Promote Green Growth

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Climate smart development for better resilience in the OECS has been given a boost with deeper cooperation between the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).  

OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules, met with Mr. Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, and Mr. James Sheppard, Head of Partnerships, of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to plan the way forward on the side lines of the COP24 negotiations currently underway in Katowice, Poland.

In 2017, the OECS joined the GGGI and, in 2018, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Institute to formalize a framework of cooperation, to facilitate collaboration between the two bodies and to promote programmes and joint activities in support of capacity-building and development of green growth options for the OECS Member States. 

The specific objectives of the MOU include:

  • the development and implementation of a regional strategy and approach for inclusive green growth and climate-smart development;
  • strengthening national and local green growth planning, financing and institutional frameworks in OECS Member States;
  • increasing green investment flows, including the development of bankable green investment projects in OECS Member States;
  • improving multi-directional knowledge-sharing and learning between OECS Member States and GGGI Member countries; and  
  • pursuing cooperation in other areas that the Parties agree upon.

The meeting discussed the fulfilment of elements of the MOU and accelerating work under the partnership, including the provision of human resource capacity to be based at the OECS Commission to undertake further work. 

The meeting also noted that Mr. Ban Ki Moon is now President of GGGI and that the Institute is focused on helping to mobilise finance for its member countries. 

Earlier this year, the GGGI also set up a regional office in Mexico City, where Mr. Chan Ho Park is the Head of the Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of this regional office allows for even closer collaboration with the OECS Region and for greater support for building partnerships and pursuing green growth opportunities in the region.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has ten members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.

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