CARICOM chairman tells world leaders climate change conference must have legally binding outcome


freundel stuart Barbados’ Prime Minister and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman Freundel Stuart.

The outcome of the climate change conference now underway in Paris must be ambitious, legally binding and ensure global participation.

That was the message Barbados’ Prime Minister and Caribbean Commuinty (CARICOM) chairman Freundel Stuart delivered in a statement to leaders at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in the French capital yesterday.

Stuart said the conference must take into consideration the special circumstances and needs of those countries that are most vulnerable – Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and Least Developed and Landlocked States – and deliver agreed decisions on a number of elements.

He expressed concern that the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) which countries have sumitted – that is, the post-2020 climate actions they are committing to take – are not enough to realize the goal of limiting global temperature…

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