SIDS Climate Change Negotiators' Guidance Manual & Technical Background Paper LaunchedNov 13, 2015
The Guidance Manual and Technical Background Paper for climate change negotiators from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been developed with the support of the Australian Government under the “Capacity Building of SIDS Climate Change Negotiators” initiative. The primary purpose of the documents is to equip negotiators from the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change with the information and tools necessary to adequately represent their constituencies at the ongoing international negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The Manual was prepared by Dr. Hugh Sealy, a Professor at St. George's University in Grenada and a senior negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a grouping of 44 small islands and low lying states that was formed at the Second World Climate Conference in Geneva in 1990 and the Technical Background Paper was developed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), along with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
In June 2015, the manual was first made available to SIDS negotiators and has been disseminated at a number of global climate conferences in 2015. These include the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action in Bonn, Germany; the High Level Support Mechanism Meeting for Pacific Island Ministers in Samoa and the Tonga Climate Change Seminar - Engaging with the UNFCCC, in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
Dr. Sealy notes that, "the initial response to the release of the guidance documents has been positive, with seasoned ambassadors and more junior technocrats expressing their appreciation of the timely utility of the manual. As SIDS negotiators head to Paris for the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in December, they will be armed with tools that can help them to navigate the tortuous path to a successful international agreement that will ensure their survival."