The National Climate Change Committee will be sending a preparatory committee to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) to present Guyana’s concerns about the issue and to encourage stronger global action and support in addressing them.
The Committee, which was established under the auspices of the agriculture ministry and chaired by Minister Robert Persaud, will present its case at a series of high level sessions including the Thirteenth Conference of the Parties (CoP 13) to the UNFCCC and the Third Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The conference will be held in Bali, Indonesia in December.
The Committee’s principal tasks will involve examining the programme of events and activities for the UNFCCC CoP 13; identifying and discussing key issues and areas of relevance to Guyana and preparing briefing documents for Guyana’s representatives to CoP 13. The ministry said the conference will be the culmination of twelve months in climate change debate and it is expected to encourage a breakthrough in the form of a roadmap for future changes. The “Bali Roadmap” is expected to establish the process to address the key building blocks of a future climate change regime including adaptation, mitigation and technology cooperation and financing the response to climate change. The first preparatory meeting was held at the ministry on Wednesday.