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#TheBahamas, August 5, 2022 – The Bahamas will host the first Caribbean Regional Heads of Government Meeting in preparation for COP27 in Nassau, Bahamas on August 16-17, 2022.

The inaugural event is presented by the Government of the Bahamas with the aim of developing a regional position on climate change mitigation ahead of COP 27 to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from November 6-20, 2022.

Among the invited participants are the Heads of State of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla,

Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Government of the Bahamas intends to establish the meeting as an annual event and will endeavor to institute it as a regular meeting on the calendar of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

“The Bahamas is introducing this conference as we seek to achieve results in the fight against climate change,” Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, said ahead of the talks.

“The Bahamas, along with the region, lobbied year after year, meeting after meeting, as we sought world recognition of our vulnerable position.”

“This meeting will position the Caribbean region to take control of our destiny and present a unified position to the world at COP27,” Prime Minister Davis added.

The meeting also aims to establish an exclusive Caribbean response to conventional Latin

America-Caribbean twinning to better reflect the common geographic and geopolitical issues of the Caribbean States.

“What we lacked at the regional level was a strategy that would help us in our negotiation process when we go to the conferences of the parties called COPs,” says Rochelle Newbold, special adviser on climate change and environmental issues and czar climate in the Office of the Prime Minister in the Bahamas.

“This year will be COP number 27 and as a region we have never presented a strategy or intent document on how we want to collectively address the issues we face in the region,” added Newbold.

The conference agenda will also cover renewable energy, energy security, climate adaptation, climate finance, loss and damage from tropical weather systems and establishing a framework for the sale of carbon credits.

Delegates attending COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland in December 2021 signed a global climate agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling global warming by limiting temperature rise on Earth at a threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The phenomenon of global warming has been linked to more frequent and more aggressive hurricanes in the Caribbean, which have subjected the region to billions of dollars in damage and forced countries into expensive loans. commitments.

According to Evaluation of effects and impacts of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas report published by the Inter-American Development Bank in March 2022, the damage and losses caused by Hurricane Dorian amounted to 3.4 billion dollars, or a quarter of the country’s GDP.

A heat wave sweeping through the United States and Europe is also attributed to rising temperatures.

The UK recorded temperatures above 40°C (104°F) for the first time in July 2022, according to local forecasters.

“We know that if we hit that 1.5°C and go over it, everything changes for everyone. While landlocked countries and large continents like South America will experience change, island states will experience this triple or quadruple change.

“With this meeting, we’ll have everyone facing the same level of threat sitting together, discussing options, considering what’s being suggested and how realistic it will be. For us, that’s a fundamental thing that we should have do a long time ago,” Newbold said.

At the end of the meeting, a Chair’s Summary will be made available detailing the scope of the discussions as well as the key messages and insights emerging. In addition, the region plans to launch an initiative at COP27 to advance advocacy efforts on behalf of Caribbean states.

Photo caption: During the weekly Press Point, at his Cabinet, on August 4, 2022, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Philip Davis announced that the Bahamas will host the Caribbean Regional Heads of Government Meeting, August 16-17, 2022, at the Baha Mar Resort. (BIS Photos/Eric Rose)

For press inquiries:

Clint Watson, press officer

Prime Minister’s Office

Commonwealth of the Bahamas [email protected]