JIS News

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, will on Thursday (Oct. 22) address Jamaican diplomats and technocrats at a planning meeting in preparation for the formal submission of a report to the 15th Conference of the parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen, Denmark from December 7- 9.
The planning meeting, slated for the Hilton Kingston, is being organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica in partnership with the Meteorological Service and the Environmental Management Division of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
It will discuss the Second National Communication Jamaica Project as well some of the pertinent issues relating to climate change adaption and mitigation.
Funded by the UNDP, the objective of the Second National Communication Jamaica Project is to come up with recommendations for policies and technologies that will reduce harmful greenhouse emissions; assess vulnerability and adaptive measures, particularly of socio-economic sectors and hazard-prone areas; and increase public awareness of climate change.
It will also enable the Jamaican Government to prepare its Second National Communication for presentation to the Copenhagen conference.
Head of the Unit for Environment and Energy at UNDP Jamaica, Dr. Margaret Jones Williams, told JIS News that the UN meeting is of critical importance to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like Jamaica, which are dependent on coastal resources.
These countries, she pointed out, suffer the worst effects of climate change, even though they are not the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases.
“When you look at what it does to the agricultural sector, what it does to communities when gullies and rivers overflow and entire communities get washed away, it affects our shipping industry and tourism activities could be devastated,” she stated.
During his budget presentation Dr. Baugh stated that the Government was committed to providing maximum diplomatic support for the climate change negotiations.
At the CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in Guyana in July, the regional heads agreed on a co-ordinated approach to the issue.

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