UNDP Promotes Partnership to Implement Nationally Determined Contributions in the CaribbeanNov 22, 2017
The United Nations Development Programme’s Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (UNDP J-CCCP) emphasized the importance of partnership to advance the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Caribbean countries during a Side Event, entitled “National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for NDC implementation” at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) COP23. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) facilitated the event in the CARICOM Room.
During the panel discussion J-CCCP’s Project Manager, Yoko Ebisawa noted that the project was launched following the Paris Agreement which was a crucial time for countries as they worked toward their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). “J-CCCP was pleased to assist countries in meeting their targets through support to NAPs and NAMAs which we consider vehicles to implement NDCs”, she said.
Nyasha Hamilton, National Climate Change Focal Point for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines provided an overview of the NDC as well as NAP and NAMA currently being developed in her country, outlining collaborative support with the NAP Global Network and the UNFCCC. Ms. Hamilton further noted the role of partnership as essential to the development process, with support provided by J-CCCP acting as a spring-board for further action.
Lead for the UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centres in Latin America and the Caribbean, Vintura Silva emphasized the need for countries to develop an attractive NAP or NAMA particularly with respect to their financing structure for implementation to be successful and contribute to the achievement of NDC targets.
The event was well supported by the Caribbean community, with several country delegations in attendance and was moderated by J-CCCP Technical Specialist, Neisha Manickchand.
J-CCCP is a regional initiative working in eight Caribbean countries in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports, setting the region on a low-emission development path as well as improving the region’s ability to respond to climate risks and opportunities in the long-run, through resilient development approaches that go beyond disaster response to extreme events.