Martinique to Host May 9th Caribbean Climate 2015 Conference

Martinique-ConfNEW YORK  — On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the French Caribbean island of Martinique will host the regional summit, Caribbean Climate 2015, which will be chaired by French President François Hollande.

Hon. Minister of the Environment Claude Hogan is scheduled to represent Montserrat at the summit, which will gather over 40 heads of state, governments and Caribbean organizations to discuss the impact of climate change on the island nations of the Caribbean. French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius, will also be attending.

Organized by the Regional Council of Martinique, presided by Mr. Serge Letchimy, the summit goal is to give a voice to Caribbean nations on climate change through a joint statement to be heard at COP 21*, which will be held in Paris from November 30 to December 15, 2015.
“Caribbean Climate 2015 is a push” said Serge Letchimy, “to vigorously encourage the international community to reach an agreement at COP21* to keep global warming below 2°C. This is a crucial goal for Caribbean island nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change and which only contribute 0.3% of global greenhouse emissions.”

Martinique is addressing the climate issue by aggressively implementing the Climate, Air and Energy Master Plan developed in cooperation with the French Government. In order to promote a more circular economy that consumes less non-renewable resources, the Regional Council of Martinique has also decided to go beyond the Master Plan with a program called “Martinique – Sustainable Island.” The goal is to achieve a 100% renewable energy mix by 2030.

*The 21st Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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  1. Hon Claude Hogan says:

    Well Nerissa, I have successfully cleared all the security hurdles and I am inside the Security bubble into which the French President, Francois Hollande will enter tomorrow 9th May in Martinique. Other Caribbean colleagues here include so far: PM Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, PM Roosevelt Skerritt of Dominica, the Prime Minister of Curacao, Foreign Minister of Haiti and a host of other Foreign Ministers, Ministers of the Environment and Diplomats including the CARICOM SG and the OECS DG. The Commissioner of Martinique to the OECS told me that while home she was representing the OECS including Montserrat. This means I have good all round help here Nerissa, because the cause and the cost is huge to address Climate Change, but as a first world developed country, among those blamed for the problems, France is leading from in front.
    Among our needs are: 1. To secure mitigation pledges/funding by the major emitters, 2. Pursuit of full de-carbonisation/alternative energy with a target date of 2050, 3. Implementation of mitigation measures now to reduce the impacts of Climate Change, 4. Work to limit average temperature increase to sub 2 degrees Celsius, 5. Reduction by Parties of global annual emissions of green house gases, 6. Implementation of a compliance regime, 7. Provision of support for capacity building and technology transfer for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), so we can help save ourselves.
    If the French lead takes us to agree binding commitments from the USA, China and its EU partners, the British could get involved in a big way as well. I think strategically the question for Montserrat will be whether we use DFID mechanisms or regional mechanisms to finance and manage our fair and equitable participation, once the funds are committed. This event could be world changer of profound importance to the Caribbean and the World.

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