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Historic Climate Change Agreement in force from Today – CARICOM Member States signed on


Posted in: Regional News | 04 November 2016 | 1020

    Belize PM Hon. Dean Barrow (left) with UN Dep. Secretary-General after signing
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    Belize PM Hon. Dean Barrow (left) with UN Dep. Secretary-General after signing

    Several CARICOM Member States signed the Paris Agreement when the Book was opened for signature at the United Nations on 22 April 2016 

    The Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force today, 4 November 2016, thirty days after the required minimum of States (55) – accounting for 55 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions – ratified the convention.

    The central aim of the Agreement is to keep global temperature rise during this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and to try to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius (the level pushed by CARICOM during the Paris negotiations). This commitment supports Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Climate Action) and 12 others that include targets addressing climate change.

    Countries will begin to tackle implementation of the Paris Agreement when COP22 (the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)) convenes in Marrakech, Morocco from 7 to 18 November 2016. The CARICOM Secretariat will joint several CARICOM Member States at this meeting.

    At this first meeting of the parties to the Agreement, areas of focus will include emissions reduction, resilience, finance, transparency, technology transfer, migration, capacity building, and loss and damages.

    CARICOM MEMBER STATES – DATES FOR SIGNATURE AND RATIFICATION

    MEMBER STATESIGNATURERATIFICATION
    Antigua and Barbuda22 Apr 201621 Sep 2016
    The Bahamas22 Apr 201622 Aug 2016
    Barbados22 Apr 201622 Apr 2016
    Belize22 Apr 201622 Apr 2016
    Dominica22 Apr 201621 Sep 2016
    Grenada22 Apr 201622 Apr 2016
    Guyana22 Apr 201620 May 2016
    Haiti22 Apr 2016To Be Completed
    Jamaica22 Apr 2016To Be Completed
    St. Kitts and Nevis22 Apr 201622 Apr 2016
    St. Lucia22 Apr 201622 Apr 2016
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines22 Apr 201629 Jun 2016
    Suriname22 Apr 2016To Be Completed
    Trinidad and Tobago22 Apr 2016To Be Completed

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