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CARICOM Heads of Government engage Green Climate Fund

As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continued its preparations for the United Nations COP 26, Heads of Government met on Tuesday with the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Mr. Yannick Glemarec.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 26th Conference of the Parties (COP 26) takes place in Glasgow, United Kingdom from 31 October to 12 November 2021.

The Heads of Government in their discussions with Mr Glemarec called for a simplification of the process to access funds under the GCF as well as for an increase in the percentage allocated to adaptation to climate change by the Fund.

The CARICOM leaders also urged Mr Glemarec to establish an office of the GCF in the Region in order to enhance interaction between the Fund and the Community.

Tuesday’s meeting was the latest in a series of activities to prepare the Community’s case for actions to be taken at COP 26 which would redound to the benefit of the Region. Earlier this month, Heads of Government had met in Special Session to discuss plans for COP 26.

Ministers of the Environment met in Special Session on 15 October to finalise positions for the negotiations at COP 26 and to hold discussions with a representative of the COP Presidency the Honourable Wendy Morton.  Last Thursday the Ministers met virtually with the United States Special Envoy on Climate Change Secretary John Kerry to exchange views on the possible outcomes of COP 26.

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