Caribbean News Service
BRUSSELS, March 17 2016 – Top officials from global and regional agencies will gather in Brussels on 22-23 March, along with representatives from the 79 Member States of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, to accelerate work towards implementing the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.
High level participants will join regional partners and ACP ambassadors to discuss concrete proposals for follow-up actions on the global agreement endorsed by world leaders in December 2015, at the UN Climate Change Conference COP21.
Representatives for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), as well as the host of the next Conference of the Parties COP22 meeting, Morocco, will also make presentations.
The aim is to facilitate dialogue and generate an action plan, including elements on partnerships and finance mechanisms, to tackle climate issues pertinent to African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries.
“Climate change is a global challenge that cuts across all 79 members of the ACP Group – with almost half of the membership (37) being Small Island Developing States, and/or Least Developed Countries (39), which are particularly vulnerable,” stated ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes.
“Translating the ambitions and decisions of COP21 at the global and multilateral level into concrete actions on the ground in our countries, is a major task that needs the commitment of all partners. We must not let the momentum slide on this vital opportunity to make a difference for our planet.”