Belizean National Carlos Fuller took part in the negotiations at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Paris, France from November 30 to December 11. He was lead negotiator for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and for Belize. Although the delegates were unable to conclude an agreement by the time the meeting was scheduled to end on Friday, the French Presidency of the COP persisted, which sent the talks into overtime and by late Saturday night they had crafted an agreement that all Parties were able to adopt unanimously. Fuller tells us what the Paris Agreement is all about.
The CARICOM Climate Change Centre is especially pleased that the Paris Agreement will be informed by science. The Centre’s efforts in 2016 will now turn towards ensuring that its member States formally adopt the Agreement as soon as possible, that they are prepared to undertake the obligations of the Agreement and that they can take full advantage of the opportunities provided in the Agreement.