Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Department of Sustainable Development, Ms. Debra Charlery, welcomes regional scientists, researchers, negotiators, technocrats, policy and decision-makers to Saint Lucia to lend their expertise and unite their voices regarding international climate change processes, specifically, the upcoming sessions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The IPCC is a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide, relevant to the understanding of climate change. Decisions taken by the IPCC have far-reaching consequences for countries’ ability to impact decisions at other fora, such as the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP); noting that products of the IPCC, including the Assessment Reports, form the scientific foundation for negotiating at that policy level (i.e. at the UNFCCC COP meetings).
The three-day meeting was hosted by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs), in collaboration with Climate Analytics and Charles & Associates, under the IMPACT project. The IMPACT project is funded by the German Government Federal Ministry of Environment and Buildings (BMUB), under its International Climate Initiative.