Sunday, July 20, 2008

UK promises Caribbean help in climate change The United Kingdom (UK) has agreed to help the Caribbean fight the negative effects of climate change on the islands. This was one of the outcomes of the Sixth UK-Caribbean Forum which ended on Tuesday.

A communiqué issued at the conclusion of the three-day event said that the UK had agreed "to fund capacity building initiatives in the Caribbean to facilitate a better understanding by policy-makers for climate change issues". The UK also confirmed its commitment to supporting the development of a CARICOM Strategy on Climate Change and an economic impact review, and assisting the region with its preparation for international negotiations on future global climate change frameworks and national development planning.

…The UK added that it would continue to offer global leadership in the fight against climate change and push for deeper absolute emission reduction commitments by all developed countries, while Caribbean countries agreed to continue their advocacy on behalf of small island and low lying coastal states and to give priority to the development of adaptation strategies including through the critical work of the CARICOM Climate Change Centre….

Map of the Caribbean, Wikimedia Commons

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