COP24: OECS and Pacific Small Island States Forge Closer Ties To Combat Climate Change

COP24: OECS and Pacific Small Island States Forge Closer Ties To Combat Climate Change

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The OECS and the Pacific as a collection of Small Island Developing States are forging closer collaboration at COP24 to combat climate change.  OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules met with his counterpart in the Pacific, Mr. Kosi Latu, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

Dr. Jules met with Mr. Latu and Mr. Espen Ronneberg of SPREP to discuss opportunities for co-operation between the two regions. 

The Directors-General discussed ongoing initiatives, potential areas of collaboration and opportunities for knowledge-sharing and learning. 

One of the key issues discussed was bridging the gap when insurance is not sufficient to deal with the impacts of climate change and to build resilience.

Mr. Latu highlighted the fact that the Pacific region has developed various tools and products to help countries with adaptation planning and to navigate the climate finance ‘ocean’.  He said that these tools and products could be looked at to determine their applicability for the OECS region.

The Pacific is currently constructing a Climate Change Centre of Excellence, slated to open by June 2019. The Centre will serve as the headquarters for one of the Region’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) hubs and will also be focus on knowledge-sharing, capacity- building, applied research and training.  It was agreed that the OECS could learn from the Pacific’s experience in this regard.

The meeting discussed virtual communication between the two regions to facilitate collaboration and learning.  The Directors-General each agreed to nominate a focal point to ensure continued contact with a view to deepening cooperation

   This story aligns with OECS Strategic Objective No.2: Resilience.
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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 eleven 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, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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