The Caribbean Virtual Exchange series, which was launched in May 2020, focuses on the processes under the Paris Agreement for the preparation and submission of new national climate plans or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). It also shares information on how to provide information to facilitate the clarity, transparency and understanding (ICTU) for NDCs.

The Caribbean region shares a high level of vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and, despite a relatively negligible global contribution to GHG emissions, in 2020 all governments will communicate new/updated NDCs. UNDP through the NDC Support Programme is helping coordinate the series of virtual exchanges through 2020 that aims at enhancing technical capacities of experts from the Caribbean region in their preparation of new/updated NDCs in 2020.

To date, three virtual exchange sessions have taken place -  one webinar on the NDC submission process and ICTU guidance in May 2020, one webinar on integrating adaptation and disaster risk reduction in NDCs in July 2020, and Linking Sustainable Development and NDCs on 30 July 2020

.  By sharing in advance the recorded presentations on the topics, the virtual exchange series allows for meaningful, interactive discussions between experts during the 1-hour sessions. This approach also enables registered participants to review presentations at their convenience and provides ample opportunity for participants to communicate questions to the panelists prior to the session.

Additional webinars will be held in the coming months, covering topics based on a recently conducted poll. Next up:

Target participants include representatives from Caribbean countries, international and regional partners supporting the countries, and consultants / technical specialists working in the region on NDCs.

The series is carried out in partnership with the UNFCCC Secretariat, UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre - St George’s, the NDC Partnership, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).

For more information on the virtual exchange series and how to participate, please contact James Vener at james.vener@undp.org.
 

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