Jamaica Ratifies Paris Agreement

Apr 11, 2017

Posing with the instrument of ratification today at Jamaica's National Conversation on Climate Change were, Minister Hon Daryl Vaz, flanked by UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Dr. Elsie Laurence Chounoune on the left and Principal Director in the Climate Change Division Una May Gordon on the right (Mark Simpson Photo)

Jamaica became the 143rd country to ratify the Paris Agreement today (11th April) when Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz officially presented the instrument of ratification today at a national climate change event in Kingston.

The instrument, signed on 30 March by the Government of Jamaica was presented at the National Climate Change Conversation event staged by the Ministry’s Climate Change division with the support of the United Nations Development Programme Jamaica country office.

Present to witness the instrument being handed over was UNDP Jamaica’s Deputy Resident Representative, Dr Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, who brought opening remarks at the event.

Dr Laurence-Chounoune later commended the Government of Jamaica for its bold step in ratifying the Agreement, noting that this was a significant milestone in Jamaica’s Climate Change mitigation and adaptation journey that signalled its commitment to the ambitious goals and targets established in the Agreement.

“UNDP stands ready to support Jamaica on its quest to adhere to the provisions of the Paris Agreement through assistance in mobilizing financial and technical resources including policy advisory, strategic planning, capacity development and knowledge management, “ Dr Laurence-Chounoune stated.

She said the ratification of the Paris Agreement should provide a sustainable framework for promulgating enduring policy, legislative and programmatic action to mitigate these and other impacts of Climate Change in Jamaica.

Jamaica, like many developing countries, including Small Island Developing States, is challenged by rising sea levels, eroding coastlines, rising temperatures and more frequent and severe weather events,” she noted. As such she stated that a country impacted by Climate Change faces significant challenges which impacts its ability to sustain resilience and reduce poverty.

Climate and Disaster Resilience is one of UNDP’s key pillars through which it seeks to fulfil its principle mission of ending poverty in all forms everywhere by improving people’s lives and protecting the planet.

The Paris Agreement was initially signed by the Government of Jamaica along with more than 150 other countries on Earth Day, 22 April 2016 at United Nations headquarters.

The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework will be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives. The Agreement also provides for enhanced transparency of action and support through a more robust transparency framework.  

The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, thirty days after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 % of the total global greenhouse gas emissions had deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Depositary.


Some background information provided by: http://unfccc.int/paris_agreement/items/9485.php

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