Vocal Caribbean in Warsaw
The The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol began here on Monday with the Caribbean having a relatively small but “very, very vocal” delegation at the talks, according to a source familiar with the closed-door negotiations.
“For small island states, loss and damage is a major, major issue and at the same time, they are calling for maximum ambition to cope with emissions. That is the only way, at the end of the day, to prevent rising sea levels,” the source said, noting the peculiar challenges that a warmer globe poses for small island states.
Caribbean negotiators will be well advised to register their voices.
The source, who asked not to be identified, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the devastation in the Philippines, where some 10,000 are feared dead after last weekend’s typhoon, is only expected to provide “more drama”, rather than impetus for binding agreements favouring small island developing states (SIDS), the most vulnerable to climate change.
This is the stark reality even as the Climate Finance talks next week are expected to build confidence in the ability of the Convention to deliver concrete support to enhanced actions on mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.
Caribbean and other SIDS might be well advised to hold their collective breath in light of the failure of developed nations to stick to their financial commitments to help poorer countries meet the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
“I think you have talked to the heart of what we are going to over the next two weeks, the idea that there is a sum of resources that we are going to be talking about and developing countries getting a sense that there would be clarity and assurances that the resources would be there,” said Dechen Tsering, coordinator, Finance, Technology and Capacity Building Programme at the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).