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JM | Dec 2, 2020

Jamaica, UK to lead global climate change coalition

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Pearnel Charles Jr, minister of housing, urban renewal, environment and climate change. (Photo: Facebook @pcharlesjr)

Pearnel Charles Jr., minister of housing, urban renewal, environment and climate change, is set to assume co-chairmanship of the NDC Partnership at a high-level members forum tomorrow (December 3).

The coalition, the NDC Partnership, includes more than 180 developed and developing countries as well as major international institutions and non-state actors that leverage their resources and expertise to provide countries with the tools needed to implement national emission reduction targets.

Charles will represent Jamaica in this global coalition of countries committed to cutting their individual greenhouse gas emissions, while the United Kingdom Energy Minister Alok Sharma will serve as the other co-chair.

Sharma is also president of the 26th conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP 26.

“The confidence placed in Jamaica is a recognition of the country’s strong leadership and efforts on the climate change agenda, which the NDCP supported through tangible financial and embedded support at the Office of the Prime Minister in 2019.”

Pearnel Charles Jr., minister of housing, urban renewal, environment and climate change

As NDC co-chairs, Jamaica and the UK are taking over from Costa Rica and The Netherlands.

Jamaica joined the partnership in 2018.

“The confidence placed in Jamaica is a recognition of the country’s strong leadership and efforts on the climate change agenda, which the NDCP supported through tangible financial and embedded support at the Office of the Prime Minister in 2019,” Charles said.

The emissions reduction targets, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are revised or updated every five years to encourage countries to raise their climate ambitions and build resilience against the negative effects of a changing climate.

Jamaica first submitted its NDCs in 2015, with an updated submission this summer.

Alok Sharma, United Kingdom secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy. (Photo: Contributed)

In a joint statement, Charles and Sharma said while controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and driving economic recoveries are at the forefront of domestic agendas, the climate alarms are deafening and cannot be ignored.

“This year is vying for the hottest on record. Wildfires raged in both hemispheres. At the same time, tropical cyclones, hurricanes, and flood events have been record-breaking and devastating. Political strife is exacerbating longstanding inequalities and injustices. All of these require swift, decisive action,” they said.

The ministers added: “The pandemic has made climate action more urgent, not less. Ambitious and meaningful climate action does not conflict with addressing the pandemic and post-COVID economic recovery. They are intricately linked and should be addressed simultaneously. Only by acting with speed and decisiveness – and through robust coordination – can all three goals be achieved.

“Investing in clean energy, sustainable transport, and smarter land use has been shown, time and again, to generate high returns and job creation. Climate plans developed over the past several years – and which are now being updated with enhanced ambition – offer a basis for identifying and supporting more sustainable growth.”

The fourth annual NDC members forum will be webcast on
https://www.facebook.com/ndcpartnership

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