STATEMENT on Jamaica's ratification of the Paris Agreement by UNDP Jamaica Resident Representative A.I. Dr. Elsie Laurence-ChounouneApr 11, 2017
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica is extremely happy and pleased that Jamaica has ratified the Paris Agreement. This significant milestone in Jamaica’s Climate Change mitigation and adaptation journey signals its commitment to the ambitious goals and targets established in the Agreement. Climate and Disaster Resilience is one of UNDP’s key pillars through which it seeks to fulfill its principal mission of ending poverty in all forms everywhere by improving people’s lives and protecting the planet. As a country impacted by climate change, Jamaica is challenged by rising sea levels, eroding coastlines, rising temperatures and more frequent and severe weather events, which impacts its ability to sustain resilience and reduce poverty. 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 advice, strategic planning, capacity development and knowledge management. 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. We once again commend Jamaica on taking this leap of faith.