Another important issue brought up at the CARICOM Summit is climate change. Climate Change is an existential threat to Caribbean small island and low-lying States. At the summit, leaders will assess the outcomes of COP26 – the last global Climate Change conference in Glasgow, and begin to outline the Region’s plan of work for COP27.
Gaston Browne, Outgoing Chairman, CARICOM: “I had the distinction of leading the advocacy on behalf of small states as we strive to make the world aware of the existential threat posed to our region by the world’s climate emergency. It is not a secret that the results of COP 26 fell far short of expectations and we continue advocacy to push the major polluters of the world to reduce emissions, to take mitigating actions and to contain rising temperatures to within 1.5 degrees of pre industrial levels. Greater tension will also be focused on climate emergency accountability as we aggressively examine the legal recourses available to us under the appropriate international tribunal for loss and damage to end the injustices suffered as a result of the reckless actions of major polluters. I believe that CARICOM has learned from these developments to rely more and more on our own initiatives and our own resources, to produce, buy and consume local and regional products as a priority for increased product security, profitability and sustainability.”
Following the Inter-Sessional Meeting, CARICOM Heads of Government will join their Central American counterparts for the Fourth CARICOM-SICA summit on 3 March, also on San Pedro, Belize., where the two Regions will seek to build on common interests and challenges, including the current pandemic and climate change.