Santo Domingo to host Regional Climate Week in July as prelude to COP27 in Egypt

The Dominican Republic will host the Regional Climate Week for Latin America and the Caribbean 2022, a major event to be held from July 18 to 22 in Santo Domingo, under the coordination of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its national counterpart, the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism, under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

This was announced by the executive vice-president of the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism, Max Puig, who emphasized that this summit will allow Latin American countries to follow up on the agreements reached in Glasgow last year 2021, during COP26, and to look at the region’s prospects for COP27, to be held in November of this year in Egypt, in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

“The Latin American and Caribbean region is still responsible for less than 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the Dominican Republic barely emits 0.06% of total global emissions; however, our region and especially our country remains highly vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change, which is why our duty is to continue to take the lead in discussions about how to address this global challenge,” he said.

Puig recalled that the fight against climate change is a responsibility of all sectors, as both its causes and effects are multiple and transversal to society, which reinforces the need for the country to continue deepening its commitment to fulfill the commitments made in the Paris Agreement, the NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) and other climate action mechanisms.

“The Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week is a great opportunity to achieve the real, deep and lasting involvement of all economic, political and social sectors, a key element to advance towards the inclusive transition that our societies need to face climate change, both to mitigate its causes and to adapt to its effects, on this occasion, from a regional cooperation perspective,” he said.

Climate Week is the scenario where representatives of the public sector, the private sector, civil society, international agencies and financial institutions meet in search of synergies to promote and strengthen climate action and expose good practices that are being developed at the regional level. This event has the collaboration of the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Environment Program and the World Bank Group. In this regard, the partners in the region are the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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