Welcome Remarks by UNDP DRR to JCCCP Board Meeting Feb 2 2017Feb 2, 2017
Deputy Resident Representative, Elsie Laurence-Chounoune
Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership
2 February 2017
- Mr. Masatoshi Sato: Minister, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (attending virtually)
- Mr. Hideki Shinozaki: Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Jamaica (physically present)
- Mr Stephen O’Malley: Resident Representative, UNDP Barbados & the OECS and Chair of the JCCCP Board
- Members of the Board of JCCCP
- Members of the JCCCP Project Team in Barbados and Jamaica
- National Focal Points representing the different countries
- Public Sector representatives
- Distinguished guests
- Ladies and Gentlemen
It is my pleasure, on behalf of UNDP Jamaica to welcome you to this Meeting of the Board of the JCCCP Project. I extend a warm welcome to visitors to Jamaica, especially those who are coming for the first time. For those of you who came before, welcome back. We hope you will find the time to explore the beauty of the country and the warmth of the Jamaican people.
I take this opportunity to extend apologies on behalf of UNDP’s Resident Representative and Resident Coordinator in Jamaica, Mr. Bruno Pouezat, who is unavoidably absent and who sends his best wishes for a successful and productive meeting.
UNDP Jamaica feels very privileged to be an active part of this partnership between UNDP, the Government of Japan and the Caribbean, to aid the countries in enhancing resilience to climate change and disaster risks. The project is timely and very relevant in helping to address some regional, national and local issues relating to climate change. Climate change is a critical development issue for Caribbean nations, and it is therefore important for us to continue to develop medium to long terms plans and implement strategies geared towards climate change adaptation and mitigation. Initiatives such as the JCCCP, provide assurance to the Caribbean that it is not alone in the struggle to combat the impacts of climate change. Indeed the JCCCP combines the support of a generous donor country, Japan, with the resources of UNDP to create a partnership that embodies and reflects the true spirit of Sustainable Development Goals to which all member countries of the United Nations subscribe.
The JCCCP, through its strong development focus, is consistent with, and contributes to the achievement of national development plans within Jamaica and other Caribbean countries.
In the case of Jamaica, the JCCCP aligns with key elements of the Vision 2030 Jamaica and through its various activities, the project is expected to contribute directly to:-
the development of National Adaptation Plans (NAPS) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAS) at the policy level, which will facilitate medium to long-term country level planning for adaptation to climate change, including energy security;
the implementation of, and sensitization of community groups to low emission, climate resilient technologies geared toward sustainable development with a focus on small scale agriculture and water resources.
South/south and north/south co-operation in climate resilient technologies and methodologies that will foster transfer of technology and know-how among and between peers.
Noteworthy is the fact that all activities incorporate gender considerations and enhanced welfare of vulnerable groups.
UNDP Jamaica is indeed pleased to play its part in implementing the Jamaica leg of the JCCCP Partnership Project. We join the Government of Jamaica and all JCCCP participating countries in extending gratitude to the Government of Japan for its foresight in financing this project at a time when our countries are in greatest need of this type of support for our sustainability. We pledge our full resources to ensuring the success of the Project as designed, and look forward to the possibilities to scaling up on activities which could complement and extend the work being undertaken under the JCCCP.
I close by extending the best wishes of UNDP Jamaica for a successful Board Meeting that will support, enable and advance the work started and the eventual successful completion of the Project.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for participation. Do have a great time in Jamaica.