THE houses of parliament are to be brought up to speed on the issues and implications of climate change for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), ahead of the climate change convention in Paris, in December.
Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Dr. James Fletcher, recently issued an invitation to parliament to discuss climate change issues.
Dr. Fletcher said the meeting will sensitize members of parliament to the causes and impacts of climate change.
“I can explain the issues that are of serious importance, the areas of divergence, and the implications of that for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like the Caribbean so that we can all be [in accord], because there is a lot to be done between now and December to get the international community on our side,” he explained.
He added that SIDS are faced with the challenge of obtaining adequate support from larger countries.
“There are some countries, the major emitting countries like the US, some of the EU countries, Australia, Canada, Russia, where we are still facing significant opposition to some of the issues like climate finance, and loss and damage. I think the more we can get everyone on board, the more we can get this to be a national issue [so that] everybody understands our livelihoods, our children’s livelihoods, our planet are all at stake.”
The third Financing for Development (FFD3) conference was held in Addis Ababa earlier this month. This meeting was aimed at developing a new approach to financing post 2015.
This will be followed by the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris, France in December 2015.
The UNFCCC paves the way for a legally binding international agreement on climate change post 2020.(GIS)