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Posted: Friday, March 5, 2021. 6:59 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: This week the United Nations launched  Regional Climate Weeks, its latest initiative to further discussions about climate change and the steps necessary to mitigate its global impact.

The activity will gather representatives from national and state governments, the private sector, financial institutions, and civil society, with the aim of accelerating the implementation of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement which seeks to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Centigrade, compared to pre-industrial levels.

The Virtual Round Table on Latin America and the Caribbean is being organized by the government of the Dominican Republic and its opening panel discussion included remarks by Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); Carolina Schmidt, Chile’s Minister of the Environment and President of the 2019 Conference of the Parties (COP) 25 on Climate Change; Alok Sharma, President-designate of COP 26, slated to take place this year; Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); and Haoliang Xu, Director of the Bureau for Policy and Program Support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Speaking at the launch, Espinosa said. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to advance climate action and to carve our way out of the Covid-19 pandemic, building resilient and sustainable economies. Few generations have had that opportunity. We must move from the adoption of the Paris Agreement to its implementation, which is the only way we will be able to create a green and clean future”.

The Virtual Regional Roundtables during Regional Climate Weeks will be held throughout the year leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, scheduled for November.

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