About the ACP MEAs

The programme on capacity building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries resulted from a partnership between the European Commission (EC), the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The aim of this Programme is to empower key stakeholders to address environmental challenges and to reap the benefits of improved environmental management at the national and regional levels. Learn more

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The Caribbean Hub of the Project for Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries was established within the CARICOM Secretariat in 2009. This initiative, funded by the European Union (EU) and supported by the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and UN Environment, now in its third phase, has made significant strides towards strengthening and enhancing the capacity of Caribbean ACP countries to effectively implement environmental agreements and their related commitments in the chemicals and waste and biodiversity clusters of MEAs. Read more

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  • Active and informed youth participation is part of the process of empowerment and knowledge building in the Community. As a significant step in promoting a place for youth in decision-making on biodiversity-related issues, the Secretariat invites young persons to participate in the 2022 International day for Biological Diversity Youth Competition. COMPETITION INFORMATION Caribbean youth can submit videos focusing on the IDB 2022 theme and topic: “Building a shared future for all life”; and national and regional youth priorities for the Global Biodiversity FrameworkAges 18 to 35 Caribbean nationals involved in environmental and biodiversity-related activitiesAudio-visual video submissions no more than 5 minutes long, 1 submission per individualCriteria: quality, creativity, logical solution that addresses theme and topicPrizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. 1st Place Award: fully funded participation at the Open-Ended Working Group Session in Nairobi, Kenya;  United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity Fifteenth Conference of Parties (COP15);  and CARICOM negotiators preparatory meetings training workshops Sponsors: UN Environment, OECS Commission, Caribbean Hub ACP MEAs Phase III Project Submit entries by the deadline of 31 May 2022 to:

  • In the lead up to #MinamataCOP4, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Clean Lighting Coalition are hosting a virtual conversation to highlight the feasibility and benefits of a transition to mercury-free LED lighting in Latin America and the Caribbean. A transition to energy-efficient lighting would ease the region’s dependency on fossil fuels and the growing burden on national grids, helping keep the lights on for more people. By switching to LEDs – which consume up to 50% less energy than fluorescents – CARICOM member states can save 10.4 TWh of electricity from 2025 to 2050. Our governments and clean lighting experts will discuss legislative efforts that are driving a transition to more efficient LEDs in the region and globally, the availability and affordability of these mercury-free alternatives, and the overall environmental and economic benefits.

  • Following a two-year delay as a result of COVID-19, the International community  re-convened at UN Headquarters in New York this week to continue negotiations on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). The current session is the Fourth Intergovernmental Conference (IGC4) on BBNJ which will conclude on 18 March, 2022 CARICOM negotiators together with regional and international experts on the margins of the 4th CARICOM Preparatory BBNJ Workshop The proposed BBNJ instrument brings into sharp focus the need for a comprehensive and effective global framework to manage the rich and vulnerable biodiversity of the deep sea in an inclusive and equitable manner.  Now more than ever there is heightened urgency to conclude the instrument this year in light of growing pressures posed by existing and emerging activities and human-induced impacts including fishing, mining, marine pollution, bioprospecting, climate change and ocean acidification; and the recognition that collective action is need to protect the global commons.  The health of the ocean and with-it planetary sustainability are at stake. CARICOM Member States supported by the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and the University of the West Indies have been actively participating in the negotiations since the inception of the work to develop a robust effective and future proofed legal instrument.  CARICOM endeavors that the instrument will reflect regional priorities particularly for: more inclusive and participatory governance structures for ocean management under the new instrument,a fair and equitable access and benefit sharing regime for marine genetic resources as well as information and derivatives thereof,rigorous international consultative decision making processes for addressing environmental impact assessments, enabling strategic environmental assessments and establishing area based management tools for conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity,an effective results oriented capacity building and transfer of marine technology framework that will enable CARICOM Member States participation in and implementation of the instrumentprovision of financial support to CARICOM Member States in this regard; anda robust monitoring and review and compliance mechanism Prior to the convening of IGC4, the CARICOM Grouping with the support of Pew Charitable Trust and the High Seas Alliance convened the Fourth CARICOM Preparatory Workshop March 3-4, 2022.  The Workshop served to strengthen CARICOM positions drawing on regional expertise and further informed by stakeholder priorities. The CARICOM team will continue to meet throughout the two weeks to engage with regional experts [and stakeholders] to keep all abreast on progress with the different negotiating tracks and related regional priorities. Top photo: On-line participants at the 4th CARICOM Preparatory BBNJ Workshop

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